Vegetarian, Vegan, Sustainable, Practising Biodynamic, Certified Organic
This wine is deep red in colour.The nose is elegant with a blend of ripe dark fruits and a hint of earthiness. The palate has supple, velvety tannins with flavours of spicy, sweet dark cherry and wild hedgerow and a soft mouthfeel leading to a long complex finish.
Alberto Antonini’s family estate is situated in the hills to the north-west of Empoli in western Tuscany. These hills are south and south-west facing, planted primarily with Sangiovese. Poggiotondo has been certified organic since the 2014 vintage and focuses on producing authentic, pure, terroir-driven wines utilising traditional, indigenous grape varieties and local winemaking techniques.
The ‘Rosato’ and ‘Vermentino’ delle Conchiglie are both produced from a selection of the best Sangiovese and Vermentino grapes in the Poggiotondo estate. Grapes for these wines are sourced from plots specially selected by Pedro Parra and Alberto Antonini. His entry-level organic Chianti is vibrant and delicious. The Chianti Superiore is a step up, showing deep, dark fruit and earthiness. The Chianti Classico ‘Terre di Cresci’ is sourced from a seven hectare vineyard in the area known as ‘Cresci’ in Chianti Classico. With an average vine age of 35 years, this is a wine that is vibrant, complex and succulent. Alberto’s flagship wine is the ‘Vigna delle Conchiglie’, made solely from Sangiovese grown in the eponymous vineyard. The name of the vineyard “Conchiglie” means “seashells” in Italian; the soil here is rich in fossilised seashell giving the wine a silky and minerally character with lovely length, depth and definition. The Chianti Riserva ‘Vigna del 1928’, named after the year the vines were planted, is a field blend of Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino, Trebbiano and Malvasia Bianca. It is one of the oldest Chianti vineyards in the region which covers just half a hectare.
This wine comes from a selection of fruit from the low yielding Poggiotondo estate vineyards in the Tuscan village of Cerreto Guidi near the town of Empoli in the Chianti area.The vineyard is located on a south-west facing slope at 100 meters above sea level.The soils here are of marine origin, calcareous with a strong presence of white sea shells that impart elegance and complexity to the wines. The vines are 16 years old on average and trained with vertical shoot positioning and Guyot pruned. The vineyards have been certified organic since the 2014 vintage.
The 2019 vintage began with a dry and cold winter, with the exception of February which was unusually warm. Spring saw regular rainstorms which helped to replenish water levels in the soil but caused some delay in budbreak. However, by June things were back on track. Apart from some isolated hailstorms in July and August, the weather remained fine and stable well into the harvest period. 2019 has turned out to be an excellent year for the wines of the Chianti DOCG denomination due to the favourable climate and the resulting wines are plush yet structured and elegant.
Once arrived at the winery, grapes were carefully selected.The fruit was destemmed and gently crushed before fermentation in concrete tanks for 15 days at approximately 28°C. The skins were then pressed in a gentle pneumatic press to extract the juice that went into 54 HL large untoasted oak casks for malolactic fermentation and 12 months of ageing. This was followed by six months of ageing in bottle before release.