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 mild and rather wet winter was followed by an early, though slightly cool, spring. The summer was characterized by unusually high rainfalls and low temperatures, which delayed the ripening process. Late summer, however, saw an increase in temperatures, and San Polino avoided the last summer rains. Luck with the weather and rigorous selections of the grapes meant that we brought in an unexpectedly good harvest, even in this difficult year.
spontaneous, on indegenous yeasts in tronic oak vats
3 days at 12°C pre-fermentation, 40 days post-fermentation
6 months battonage on less in french barriques, 3 years in large Slavonian and French oak barrels
Decanter Top Brunello 2012. Bright, very youthful looking ruby colour. Delicate floral and wild berry nose. The palate has great power but also superior balance, showing a fresh fruity vein behind the tannins and a long, broad finish with hints of baked earth and cocoa powder.
Deep ruby. Beautiful pure cherry and raspberry nose. Brooding richness of fruit and a frightening amount of tannins makes it unapproachable for the moment, but this has vigour, energy and power. Super-tightly wound. (WS)
This is an impressive wine with blackberry, currant and spice. Full body, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. A rich and structured young Brunello.
Alluring scents of ripe plum, tobacco, underbrush, fragrant blue flower and a whiff of new leather set the tone. The taut tightly-knit palate delivers juicy black cherry, crushed raspberry, licorice and baking spice framed in bright acidity and a backbone of assertive, fine-grained tannins.
Rich, bright ruby. Very attractive smooth and dense nose, after mature, dark blackberries, somc elderberries and dark plums, complex. Rich and interwoven on the palate, shows fleshy plum fruit, after pickled cherry. It opens with dense, substantial tannins, surrounded by sweet sesame with firm pressure in the final.
Deep ruby. Intense and a little balsamic with a touch of leather. With aeration, pure cherry and raspberry. Fragrant, perfumed, cherry and raspberry palate with perfectly integrated acidity. Gorgeous chew and length. (WS)
Flamboyant young wine with crushed-raspberry, chocolate and orange-rind undertones. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a long and flavorful finish. From biodynamic grapes. Drink in 2020.
Aromas of baked plum, espresso, dark spice, leather and a balsamic note lead the way. On the chewy full-bodied palate, bracing tannins support juicy cherries marinated in spirits, raspberry, orange zest, licorice and tobacco. Fresh acidity lends balance. It still needs years to come around. Drink 2022–2035.
Rich Ruby with sparkling garnet rim. Compact and dense nose, full of fresh plums, raspberries, finely drawn. Solid and firm in the base, shows a lot of ripe, dark berry fruit, in the rear area fine licorice, dense, dense tannins, firm and long.
This biodynamic winery estate once again presents a great wine. Clear ruby-red, a complex nose of fruit, slight smokiness and a light perfume of forest undergrowth. Great elegance, refined tannins and a pleasing acidity.