While the majority of Castello di Meleto’s vineyards are dedicated to the cultivation of the native varietal Sangiovese, international varietals like Merlot are also grown to complement Tuscany’s flagship varietal.
Owner: Viticola Toscana S.p.A.
Winemaker: Matteo Menicacci and Emiliano Falsini
Type: Red wine
Varietals: 70% Sangiovese, 30% Merlot
Vineyard Location: Fonti, Meleto (Sangiovese) and San Piero (Merlot)/ Toscana IGT
Orientation: South east, South, South west
Elevation: 360-380 m a.s.l.
Vines Planted: 1974- 1997
Trellising: Guyot and spur pruned cordon
Soil: Limestone mixed with sandstone
Grapes are destemmed and lightly pressed, the juice spontaneously ferments in stainless steel tanks for 7-10 days at a maximum temperature of 77°F; after fermentation wine remains in contact with skins for 15-20 days before racking in cement tanks where wine undergoes malolactic fermentation
10-12 months in concrete vats, plus 3-6 months in the bottle before the release
Color: Deep ruby red
Bouquet: Intense aromas of red berry fruits with a hint of violet
Flavor: Pleasantly fresh, round with soft tannins and a nice finish
Pairings: Ideal with finger foods, charcuterie, pizza, light pasta recipes and fresh or moderately aged cheeses.
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Serving Temperature: 62°F
Production: 150,000 bottles