Tenute Silvio Nardi, a specific terroir for every bottle
We are in the hills of Montalcino in one of the evocative and fascinating parts of the Italy boot. The Tenute Silvio Nardi, today guided by Emilia Nardi, has 80 hectares of vines, divided into 36 vineyards between 40 and 480 meters above sea level. The company headquarters is located in Casale del Bosco, on the western part of the holdings (in the picture by ©Andrea Dapueto), while the Tenute di Manachiara and Colombaiolo are located in Castelnuovo dell’Abate, with vines facing east. The Nardi family also owns the picturesque Castello di Bibbiano in Buonconvento, also located in the province of Siena. “Twenty-five years ago we decided to begin an important study of the various parcels of our holdings which enabled us figure out the best areas fall of the different ancient clones of Sangiovese that we have and chose which ones went in each area,” noted Emilia Nardi.
Different clones of Sangiovese for the best expression of terroirs
“Throught a rigorous selection we were able to isolate five clones of Sangiovese that we planted new vines with in order to create Brunello di Montalcino with characteristics that are only available in our propriety, Tenute Nardi. This is the best expression of terroir, or better terroirs, because each wine expresses the vineyard from which its primary fruit or grapes come from.”
The premium label is Brunello Vigneto Manachiara, from the eponymous vineyard that is 40 years old and has a south-eastern exposition. The first harvest goes back to 1995. “This is a wine of 10,000 bottles that is produced only in the best vintages. It has of great structure, velvety tannins and an enveloping palate. It is also a champion of longevity.” Additional wines to be mentioned from the winery include: Brunello Poggio Doria, a limited edition of 3,500 bottles. The Sangiovese is grown on the terroir of Casale del Bosco that has a north-eastern exposition. “If Manachiara is the wine of dawn, this can be defined as the one of dusk,” said Emilia Nardi, underlining the importance of the position of the different vineyards and the terrain. Another fabulous wine is their Brunello di Montalcino, a historic label produced since 1958, even before there was a Docg appellation. It is a blend of 20 clones of Sangiovese from all of the various parcels that make up Tenute Nardi with a host of different expositions and age of the vines from 3-35 years. About 150,000 bottles of this wine are sold throughout the world.
20 SANGIOVESE CLONES FOR A BRUNELLO
Grapes Sangiovese 100%
Composition of the soil clay, schist Vinifi cation and aging ferments and macerates on the skins for 24 days, aged in small barrels of Allier for 12 months , then 18 more months in large oak barrels of Slavonian oak and fi nally 12 months in the bottle before release
Total acidity 5,04 g/l pH 3.52
Dry Extract 31.28 g/l
Alcohol content 14.5% vol.
Price 30 euros
TENUTE SILVIO NARDI
località Casale del Bosco 53024 Montalcino (Siena)
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