Tradition, innate elegance and the essence of the Renaissance: Tuscany exudes an aura of timelessness that has inspired generations of the Frescobaldi family and is now an integral part of their vineyards. The Nipozzano Estate is located in one of the traditional areas of Chianti: Chianti Rufina, which is the smallest and most elevated Chianti sub-appellation. The 11th century castle is located in the heart of the prestigious Chianti Rufina, which holds the family cellar including wines dating back to 1864. The uniqueness of the Nipozzano terroir continues to produce wines with a wide range of aromas and extraordinary longevity.
Winter 2014 saw higher than average temperatures, while spring’s mild climate contributed to an early budding of the grapevines. A crisp summer with well distributed rains brought the growing season back to its normal progression, while heat waves at the end of July and beginning of August positively affected the véraison. The temperature differences between night and day supported a gradual ripening of the fruit.
The grapes are sourced from the oldest and most deeply rooted vines at the Castello Nipozzano vineyard. The vines are planted to a medium to high density of between 2,000 to 6,000 vines per hectare. They are spur pruned and trained according to the Guyot method. The soil is dry and stony but well drained, with a high clay and limestone content. It is poor in organic matter, encouraging deep root systems and stressing the vine to concentrate the flavours in the berries.
The grapes were hand harvested from mid September to mid October and then softly pressed. Each grape variety was vinified separately, with fermentation taking place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures of less than 30°C. Fermentation lasted for 13 days, with a maceration period of 20 days with frequent pump overs. Malolactic fermentation occurred immediately afterwards. The wine was then transferred to large oak casks where it was matured for a period of 24 months, followed by three months in bottle.
Nipozzano Vecchie Viti boasts a lovely ruby red colour, luminous and brilliant. The nose exhibits great balance between floral notes of apricot and spiced notes of rosehip and vanilla. Fresh, complex and persistent on the palate with beautifully integrated tannins, this is silky and harmonious. Notes of raspberry, currant, and gooseberry lead to a finish of cocoa and white pepper. Pairs well with classic dishes such as a dense Tuscan soup, pappardelle with wild boar ragù and delicate game dishes.
This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.