Il Paradiso di Manfredi is a tiny estate of 2.5 ha in the heart of Montalcino. In the 1950s Manfredi worked for the famous Biondi Santi estate. In 1958 he bought Il Paradiso di Manfredi where there were more olive trees than vines and indeed in that period in Montalcino the olive oil production was higher than the wine production. Initially they were harvesting around10000 kg of olives each year but at the beginning of the 1960’s a big freeze destroyed all the olive trees and Manfredi decided to replant everything with vines. In 1982 Manfredi died, and Florio, Manfred’s son in law, decided to work on the estate full time.
Il Paradiso di Manfredi today is one of the best expressions of traditional Brunello di Montalcino. Viticulture and vineyard rhythm is effectively biodynamic (but not certified). Pesticides and weedkillers are eschewed, the waxing and waning of the moon determines activity in the vineyard and the winery. They hand-pick the grapes (yields are around 42hl/ha) ,the wild ferment takes place in concrete vats (no temperature control… ) after which the wine spends 36/40 months in big casks of Slavonian oak (25/ /30 hl ). By law a Brunello di Montalcino may be ready for the market in January five years after the harvest. For Florio a Brunello is ready when… it is ready.
After having obtained the recognition of the Commissione del Consorzio del Brunello and from the Chamber of Commerce of Siena, the wine is bottled "by gravity" to avoid the stress caused by mechanical pumps. The wine develops in bottles for many years and is strengthened thanks to its natural and pure characteristics.
This wine is 100% Sangiovese.
It is an intense wine with flavours of leather and truffle, summer berries and spice, firm tannins and a touch of minerality.