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Red, 2011; Region: Tuscany
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Messaggero Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
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Alcohol Content: 14.5%Acidity; 5.5 g/lServing Temp: 16-18° CMethod of serving: Serve in large vessels ensuring that the bottle has been opened at least 30 minutes beforehand
The “Messagero” Nobile wine of Montepulciano, has been developed from the careful selection of the best Sangiovese grapes that have been cultivated in the optimum zones of the DOC region. The Messagero wine exemplifies the finesse, elegance and the character of the great wines of Montepulciano which are matched to the qualities and strengths that only the greatest terroirs can impart and guarantee, to the wines. It is for this reason that they produce this Nobile type wine solely with Sangiovese grapes, because of thier belief in their vines and traditions.
After harvesting by hand, the juice of the crushed grapes are stored in small containers to extract the most components from the skins. The fermentation is then assisted with natural yeasts of the area (terroir), keeping the new forming wine under the skins for at least 18-20 days whilst gently pressing (follature) and occasionally stirring the skins through (rimontaggi).
The wine is then stored in 40hL (4,000 litres)Slovenian oak vats where it rests for at least 18months and then transferred to smaller 10hL (1,000 litres) vats for at least another 6 months. During this period some light transferring between vats occurs to stabilise the wine and then it is gently filtered, but not clarified, thus still allowing the wine to maintain all the intrinsic organic components. Finally, a further 12 months in bottles.
Intense and deep ruby colour. In bouquet, aromas of sweet cherry and maraschino cherry with traces of balsam and spices. Full and robust leaving the palate with typical subtleties of the Sangiovese grape.
This wine pairs well with dishes featuring red meat or game. It is a definite must-try with goose in a balsamic vinegar reduction.