Selvapiana ‘Vigneto Bucerchiale’ Chianti Rufina Riserva
Following the smaller 2017 vintage, yields returned to normal in Chianti Rufina in 2018. Winter was not too cold. Spring was wetter than usual and a rainy June meant that there was a lot of vegetative growth and vine canopies needed to be controlled. Some green harvesting was also carried out to limit yields and ensure maximum flavour concentration in the bunches left to ripen. Veraison began at the end of July and, thanks to the warm days and cool nights in Chianti Rufina, the grapes ripened at a steady pace and were harvested at the end of September with the ideal balance between flavour concentration and acidity.
Grapes were hand picked and selected both in the vineyard and at the cellar on sorting tables. Fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless-steel tanks at 30°C and lasted 35 days, with no selected yeasts. Pumping over took place daily to extract both colour and tannins . After a short period of maceration, the wine was pressed off the skins and malolactic fermentation took place . In the January following harvest, the wine was transferred to medium-sized oak casks and French oak barriques (of which 10% were new) and was matured for 15 months before bottling.
This wine shows tremendous depth of colour and great intensity on the nose. The palate is powerful and fruit packed with ripe raspberry and spicy cherry fruit supported by a touch of herbs and violets, soft silky tannins and a long, fine finish which is the hallmark of the Selvapiana wines.