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.
The winter saw cold night-time temperatures but rarely below freezing. This was followed by an early spring with many days of bright sunshine interspersed with at least 7 days rain per month, very good for the soils and replenishing water for the vines. Summer started early with a warm June, hot July and August following through to the end of September. Luckily at San Polino we caught the few storms that there were, with no hail damage. The rain bought relief to the vines, giving them strength for their last lap before harvest.
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
Ripe boysenberries, tar, chestnuts, orange peel, dried cherries and tobacco. There's a beautifu interplay between the more subtle notes and darker red fruit, and nothing's out of kilt to the ripeness. Lot's of powerful tannins take the full-bodied palate by storm, coating the mouth in layers of intense but fragrant red fruit and steamrolling this Brunello to a long chewy conclusion. This is a contrastive wine, built on the foundation of an intricate, wild tannin backbone, but framed in a vibrant and transparent package.cod. 32-100
Tasted blind. Deep almost ruby. Savoury-sweet, spicey nose with salty, minerally notes. Gorgeous, layered yet compact fruit that is not fully open and firm tannins that demand more time.cod. 48-40
A wine of sheer beauty. Silky tannins encircle fresh, warm, red cherries, layered intensity, consisting of orange zest, sweet tobacco, red berries. Delicate aromatics adding to overall finesse. Clarity and precision defining this wine from the beginning to the long finish.cod. 49-0