Taking its name from an aromatic wild herb, our Brunello di Montalcino Helichrysum comes from the highest vineyards on the San Polino site. It is always elegant, opulent and structured.
South facing vineyard at 450 metres. Sandy loam and volcanic soil mix, with marl veins.
A relatively rainy spring allows the plants and soil to recover a strong vitality, following the previous year's dry conditions. Due to these conditions, much work was required in the fields to keep the exhuberance of both the vines and the vuineyard ecosystem under control. August is hot, but not to the extreme levels of previous years, and the grapes ripen correctly. Harvest takes polace at the beginning of October, the grapes are healthy and beautiful, with correct sugar levels, high acidity and relatively high concentration.
spontaneous, on indegenous yeasts in tronic oak vats
3 days at 12°C pre-fermentation, 36 days post-fermentation
6 months battonage on less in french barriques, 3 years in large Slavonian and French oak barrels
[Susan Hulme] This 2018 San Polino Brunello di Montalcino Helichrysum is San Polino’s flagship wine named after the local helichrysum plant that grows here. This wine is made from grapes sourced from the vineyards that surround the house. On this 2018 there is already a beautiful, heady depth of fragrance on the nose with sweetly perfumed, floral notes like iris, violet and green herb set against a light background of nutmeg, cedar, cream and spice.
On the palate there is plenty of ripe, blackberry fruit in the middle interwoven with exotic oak spice and cream notes. This wine is beautifully harmonious and composed.cod. 80-100
This has an intense and attractive nose of peach stones, wild strawberries, cherries, cocoa beans,licorice, matcha and pressed flowers. Generous and aromatically open, with tightly-knit tannins interwoven with layers that keep on giving. Evolves to roasted tea leaves and minerals. Medium and fresh. From organically grown grapes. Try in 2024.cod. 87-60
Pale ruby red in colour with purple undertones. Elegant bouquet of pink rose petal, cherry blossom, orange zest. Red and black wild berries, black tea, salty liquorice, distinctive minerality.
Plush and silky upon entry expanding across mid palate bringing layers of textural depth with primary fruit core. Long articulated close. Stunning wine.
Needs a year or two to unwind and relax.
Intense aromas of rose, red berry and botanical herb come to the forefront. Made with organically farmed grapes, the full-bodied, delicious palate boasts elegance and depth, delivering juicy Morello cherry crushed raspberry, star anise and peppercorn while taut, refined tannins provide seamless support. Bright acidity keeps it balanced and energized.cod. 82-40
Helichrysum is crafted from vineyards around San Polino’s winery in Montalcino’s southeast. Harvested just after the estate Brunello, the grapes saw the same pre-fermentation maceration to fix colour, as well as gentle daily pumpovers to keep fragile skins intact. Opening slowly, it's as equally distinct in fragrance as its sister bottling - though more Mediterranean in temperament. Lavender and scented broom mingle with pepper, expanding with sumptuous tannins that hem in plentiful fruit, perky acidity that keeps it lively, and a long and violet-tinged finish. It definitely carries the stuffing and structure for ageing.cod. 84-40
Lustrous mid ruby. Lifted, sweet cassis and cherry nose. Exotically fragrant perfumed fruit on the palate which builds up on the finish. Striking and certainly unusual and with cracking tannins. Needs time to settle. (WS)cod. 90-40