Fattoria Le Pupille - Morellino Poggio Valente 2002
From 12 to 18 months
A succession of gentle hills watching over the majestic contour of the Monte Amiata. It's precisely from one of these soft and sensual hills that the story of Fattoria Le Pupille begins and leads it to how it is seen today: a heterogenous reality. In the course of the years, the originating core of the winery effectively enriched itself of new grape particles, reaching today 75 hectares of vineyards, distributed like many mosaic pieces between many stunning areas of Maremma. Another 20 hectares are destined to the olives, and then cereals and cork oaks alternate with pastures reaching up to 420 hectares of overall property.
1985 It can be considered the year of re-foundation of the winery, when from a family wine estate, it starts becoming a modern and entrepreneurial viticultural reality to which Elisabetta Geppetti dedicates energies and dreams. Elisabetta abandoned the university halls for the vineyards and the winery, replanted Cabernet Sauvignon on a few vines of Sangiovese, which in '85 starts bearing fruits, all with the support of Giacomo Tachis, much more than a technical consultation. It is the birth of the project that has made the winery the true pioneer of Maremma. In 1982 the first 'official' label is released, a Morellino Riserva 1978. In 1987 it is the time of Saffredi, the wine that has made Maremma known for its excellence, not only in Tuscany, but much further away form its borders. In 1996, the purchase of the Poggio Valente vineyard gives an even more important turn to the winery.
The core of the property is around the village of Pereta, it is of overall 25 hectares which are now called the 'old' Pupille and include a 5 hectare vineyard which gives life to the winery's legendary wine: Saffredi. With Pereta nearby, the old Pupille are situated between Scansano and Magliano in Toscana, two names which belong to the historical heart of Maremma's viticulture. Around the village of Pereta, past the Saffredi vineyard, we find Poggio Valente, a one bodied vineyard following the soft hill situated 280 m above sea level. In proximity of Scansano, a 4 hectares plot of land is planted with white grapevines, whilst right outside the gates of Magliano we find a 20 hectare vineyard destined to the production of Morellino. The path that connects the various vineyards of Le Pupille is a path which stretches around a big part of Maremma. A path made of intense light, warm colours, and silhouettes of Judas trees, which seem to set fire to the hills with their vibrant rose pink leaves.
VINEYARDS OF MORELLINO
There are up to 30 hectares, between Pereta and Magliano in Toscana, divided in a variety of small plots. Therefore, the compositions of the various soils is very different, but predominantly sandy and rich of stones and sandstones. The density of the implantation varies. from 3,250 and 6,250 plants per hectare, depending upon the age of the plot (the initial re-implantations of the 70s are followed by others at the start of the new millennium). These vineyards are the kingdom of Sangiovese, but also of Alicante, Malvasia Nera and Ciliegiolo..
I cinque ettari di vigneto nella zona di Pereta vedono oggi sfilare Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot e Syrah. Sono a circa 250 metri SLM , ovest/nordovest e su suoli prevalentemente limosi, scarsamente calcarei, con poca sostanza organica e poveri d'argilla.
San Vittorio and Vignacci Vineyard
In these two vineyards, which add up to 9 hectares, there are the winery's white grape varieties: Traminer, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillion. The height varies from 200 to 240 meters above sea level, the soil, with a south-east positions, is predominantly sandy, rich of stones and sandstones. The density of the implantation varies between 4,500 to 6,500 plants. The San Vittorio vineyard is located near Scansano, while Vignacci near Magliano in Toscana.
POGGIO VALENTE VINEYARD
14 hectares situated 280 meters above sea level. The soil, on a south-east position, is predominantly sandy rich of stones and sandstones. The density varies between 4,500 and 6,500 plants depending on the vineyard. The varieties are Sangiovese and Merlot, respectively planted in 1970 and 1997.
|Manufacturer||Fattoria Le Pupille|
|Ageing and Fining||Is carried out in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature (max. 28°). Malolactic fermentation takes place entirely in small 225l. wooden barrels of French origin, with 15% American content, which are one and two years old. The wine remains in the barriques for 10-14 months after which it is bottled without filtering or fining about 18 months after the harvest|
|Ageing||From 12 to 18 months|
|Color||Of an intense ruby red colour with orange reflections which denote the evolution of Sangiovese throughout the years.|
|Aroma||The perfumes vary from fragrances of violet, redcurrant and cherry, to then open up to notes of liquorice, tobacco and nutmeg|
|Taste||Has an elegant structure, the tannins are well complex and the wine has an embracing body. Long persistence and elevated pleasantness which are accompanied by an aftertaste of red fruits and aromas|
|Serving temperature||16°-18° C.|
|Blend description||Sangiovese and Alicante|
|Matching||Roast, Braised meat, Red meat, Roasted red meat, Red meat stew, Grilled meat, Kill, Game, White meat, Cured cheeses|
|Ideal with||Meat Red, Meat White, Cured cheeses|
|Classification||Morellino di Scansano DOCG|