ColleMassari is the most important and largest estate of the Montecucco appellation. The vineyards are located on the Montecucco hill that gives name to the appellation. The vines on the Montecucco hill are the oldest Sangiovese vines of the DOCG.
Although it is a “new” DOCG, wine has been made in Montecucco since the time of the Etruscans in the 8th century. The wine making tradition is now continued by Maria Iris Bertarelli and Claudio Tipa, who purchased the vineyard in 1998 to be the heart of the Montecucco DOC that it was their vision to create. ColleMassari produced its first vintage in 2000.
About the Vineyard
Melacce is the name of a river that runs through the property. Montecucco is located between Montalcino, and Scansano, and benefits from microclimates similar to both of those regions. The Castello ColleMassari winery is located in Cinigiano in the foothills of Monte Amiata, about 1050ft above sea level. The Castello ColleMassari is not entirely a medieval castle. Its structure is more reminiscent of a fortified hamlet or even a grancia, a type of protected agricultural operation, founded by Cistercian Monks in the 8th century.
Melacce is produced from vineyards at 300 m above sea level on fractured sandstone soils well exposed to sea winds, which together with pronounced temperature fluctuations imprint the characters of freshness and aroma to the wine.
The harvest is quite early, in order to preserve verve and vivacity in the grapes. Vinification in stainless steel vats at low temperatures to better preserve the varietal aromatic expression. It is then aged on lees, to gain smoothness and flavor. It was bottled in the month of January 2018.
A vermentino of noble character with crispy peel and lively acidity. The grapes for Melacce were harvested during the last ten days of August. The rather early harvest allowed preserving the gustative vivacity and aromatic freshness that characterize this wine.
On the nose it is intense, with marked citrus and aromatic herbs. On the palate it is fresh, sapid, persistent and with a pleasant fruity aftertaste. Goes well with all fish, particularly with antipasti, and is ideal as an aperitif.