DOC Maremma Toscana
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère
The 2015 vintage was characterized by a winter with frequent rainfall which assisted in creating useful reserves of groundwater in the soil. The favorable climatic conditions of the springtime guaranteed a regular flowering and bud set. The summer, reasonably warm and dry, favored an excellent ripening in the hillside vineyards where the Poggio della Nane grapes are grown. The Cabernet Franc was picked in late September, while the Cabernet Sauvignon harvest took place during the first week of October and that of the Carménère immediately afterwards.
The grapes, carefully selected and hand-picked into small packing cases, were then given a further selection on sorting tables before destemming and a soft pressing. The must descended by gravity flow into conical stainless steel tanks where it then fermented. The period of skin contact lasted 20 days at a temperature held to 82° Fahrenheit (28° centigrade). The malolactic fermentation, which took place in small oak barrels, was followed by an aging period of approximately 16 months in 60 gallon French oak barrels.
The Le Mortelle estate was once part of a larger property which already appeared on the maps of Tuscan Grand Duke Leopold II in the mid-19th century. The estate is located in the province of Grosseto, in the heart of the lower Maremma, approximately 5.5 miles from the town of Castiglione della Pescaia. It extends over 675 total acres (270 hectares), 420 of which are planted to vines, principally Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc in addition to more recent parcels of such white grape varieties as Vermentino, Ansonica, and Viognier and a small plot of Carménère.
The property was acquired by the Antinori family in 1999, convinced as it was that the area had a very important potential for the production of fine wine. Mortella is the name of wild myrrh, a plant widely present on the Tuscan coast and now the symbol of the estate. The new cellars of le Mortelle are largely underground in order to reduce to the maximum extent their impact on the environment. They were built to take advantage of the temperature-stabilizing properties of the rocks below ground, a choice inspired by a maximum respect for the natural balance of the site and its preservation: energy-savings are produced by the possibility of moving the wine by gravity flow, the water utilized in the cellar is purified by plants and then goes back into the local environment, and the energy utilized for operations is derived solely from renewable sources. The estate is open by appointment for guided visits with tastings; in addition, the wines and seasonal fruit can be purchased in the store on the premises.
An intense ruby red in color, the 2015 Poggio alle Nane is characterized by a complex and elegant bouquet. The first sensations, those of vanilla and sweet paprika, are fully integrated into the notes of berry fruit, particularly blackberries, and the hints of Mediterranean herbs and lavender. On the palate, the wine is both structured and silky in texture. The finish, balanced and persistent, offers notes of chocolate, blueberries, and liquorice.