Slow Wine 2013
LIFE – Ampeleia doesn’t lend itself to easy definitions. In fact, although the project started with an investment made by outsiders (as it sometimes happens in Tuscany), the approach chosen by this farm from the Roccatederighi area consists of a virtuous journey that, thanks to biodynamic wine growing, has created a profound bound between the people involved and the territory milieu. The farm’s wines have been following such an identification process by becoming more and more original, personal and delicious.
VINEYARDS – The oenologist Marco Tait, who comes from the Trentino region like Elisabetta Foradori, the founder of Ampeleia, provided a very good description of the farm’s vineyards, which are distributed over three levels and occupy a total of 40 hectares of land. When he talks about vines, Marco uses a delightful word: “gait”. In fact, the first impression that Ampeleia’s vineyards give is a sort of “vertical” grace, almost a kind of “motionless leap” towards the sun. The work that is made on leaves is critical, as it allows the vines to store some precious nourishment that can be used during dry weather periods.
WINES – Seven vine species are grown over the 54 land parcels owned by the farm, which are: Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Mourvedre, Alicante, Marsellane and Carignano. The outcome after initial fermentations is quite impressive quantiy wise. Kepos 2010 is a wine that boasts a unique range of aromas (• Grenache, Sangiovese, Carignano, Alicante; 40,000 bottles; €13), resulting from a 10-month aging period spent in concrete tanks and 5 months in bottles. It is a splendid wine featuring an enchanting Mediterranean bush aroma (helycrisum) and a deep palate. Ampeleia 2009 (• Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, Mourvedre; 20,000 bottles; €25) is the outcome of a complex vinification process where concrete tanks and wooden barrels of different sizes are used. This exceptional wine has definitely an enormous potential. In its current version the wine reveals exquisite elegance and class which are only checked by an imperfect aroma profile. Unlitro 2011 (• 15,000 bottles; €10) is a fresh and inviting wine obtained from the farm’s grape varieties. It rests inside concrete tanks for 6 months and is sold in 1-litre bottles.
FERTILIZERS Biodynamic preparations, green manuring
PHYTOCHEMICALS Copper and sulphur
WEEDING Mechanical weeding
YEASTS Native yeasts
GRAPES 100% from owned vineyards
CERTIFICATION Converting from traditional to organic farming<< back