LabelQuinta Essentia IGT Super Tuscan
RegionChianti Classico Tuscany
Wine styleThis wine has an intense and profound brilliant ruby red colour, elegant and fresh with a perfume of red fruit and a touch of mineral and earth. Its very rich and full of body and flavour!
Paired withThis wine would go superbly with any rich dish, pasta, white or red mean based dished, game, salumi or aged cheeses and savoury elaborate meals!
Quinta Essentia di Montemaggio IGT is a Tuscan wine produced by Montemaggio for the first time in 2008. This is a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Sangiovese grapes. This wine has an intense and profound brilliant ruby red colour, elegant and fresh with a perfume of red fruit and a touch of mineral and earth. It was created as a gift requested by a lover for her fiancé and therefore its intent is to transmit the essence of true love and passion.
Following a careful selection, the best Merlot and Sangiovese grapes are fermented separately at a controlled temperature (not higher than 26°C) in stainless steel tanks and wooden conical vats. After malolactic fermentation, the Merlot is refined in stainless steel or oak barrels , mainly for the second passage, while the Sangiovese is refined in large barrels and partially in tonneaux (5HL). Finally, the two wines are blended and put in barrique for few months.
The Chianti region
The Chianti region in Tuscany, Italy, has a rich history, a reputation that has made a dramatic roller coaster ride and, ultimately, the ability to produce incredible wines with phenomenal value.
Chianti is considered the world's first bounded wine region - a title that dates back to 1716, a time when the Republic of Florence was flourishing and had a hold on much of the wealth of Central Europe.
When the wine was first produced in Chianti, documents indicate that it was a white wine. Only in 1872 was the first mention of the modern version of Chianti wine established, with a letter indicating that Chianti had to be made with at least 70% from Sangiovese, and the other 30% from Canaiolo grapes or a white grape to soften the power of Sangiovese.
The Chianti Classico appellation has some disagreement and confusion in its origin, which ultimately has an effect on the fame of the product. The origin of Chianti Classico was born when an increasing number of producers of inferior quality began to distribute wine under the name Chianti and the boundaries of where Chianti was located became increasingly unclear.
In 1924 a group of producers came together to create the Chianti Classico Consortium in an attempt to protect the quality and heritage of the original Chianti wines. The original Chianti region - now called Chianti Classico - covers 17,640 hectares and extends from just south of Florence to just north of Siena. For reference, the entire Chianti region amounts to 177,500 acres.
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