VINSANTO DEL CHIANTI RUFINA DOC
organic grape cultivation
Name of the wine: Vinsanto of Frascole
First year of production: 1993
Agricolture: organic since 1999
Planting years: 1967, 1970.
Description of the vineyards: The soil composition is a clay loam originated by the geological formation “Marl of Vicchio” (marl and clay marl).
Altitude: 500 metres
Exposure: south, south-west
Pruning tecnique: unilateral cordon
Plants density: 2800 plants per hectare
Grape varieties: Trebbiano and white Malvasia, we don’t know the clones in the old vineyards.
Vinification technique: The vine-harvest (completely done by hand) usually starts in the middle of September . We put the grapes in small boxes ( maximum capacity 15 kg each) and we bring them into a special drying room where we hang them on vertical nets in order to dry them. The room has got big windows and it is situated in a dry and windy place . The grapes are dried until the first days of March.
During the first week of March we press the grapes whit a traditional wine-press, then we transfer the must into small chestnut and oak barrels called “ caratelli”.The capacity is 40-80 litres .
The Vinsanto refines in the barrels more than 9 years. Later it is manually bottled without filtering it.
Mains analytical datas : Alcohol: 13,50 -14,50 %
Residual sugar : 230 – 280 g/litre
Total acidity: 6,50 – 7,80 gr/ litre
Total dry extract : 220,00 – 250,00 gr/litre