This wine is the "ugly duckling" of the Roccapesta Estate. It came about because we did not want to use international grape varieties to produce our Morellini di Scansano. We used what little Syrah and Petit Verdot we have in our vineyards to make the Masca. Just like the ugly duckling in the fairy tale, it has turned into a swan.
Clear ruby red colour with bright reflections. A bouquet of red fruits and Mediterranean maquis, cherries, plums, mace and pretty floral tones pre-empt a robust sip and apt freshness. Lively with a pleasant freshness and a mature, yet limited amount of tannin provides appropriate robustness. It is fruity on the palate and leaves a savoury aftertaste.
Mild autumn and little rain. Winter with cold temperatures and little rain. Only a light snowfall in February. Mild spring with average temperatures around 15-18° C. Early start of summer with temperatures in the norm. In early September, a light rain refreshed the land helping the plants to finish ripening. Grapes rich in flavour and with the right balance of sweetness and acidity were harvested in mid-September. The 2015 harvest proved to be a good one, with good results by some Sangiovese vineyards, demonstrating how this territory is suited to quality viticulture in difficult vintages.
Designation Maremma Toscana DOC
Area of origin Scansano, Maremma Toscana, Italy
Varieties 80% sangiovese, 10% syrah, 10% petit verdot
Bottles produced 20'000
Available formats 0,750 l
Oenological additives none, except for a minimal amount of sulphites (native yeasts, spontaneous fermentation)
Fermentation spontaneous in stainless steel tanks (temperature <26° C)
Maceration 12 days
Ageing in the cellar 18 months, partly in cement tanks and partly in the bottle. The Syrah and Petit Verdot spend 12 months in 500 l and 600 l oak barrels
Filtering none (which is why the wines may have sediment, which are the mark of a wine that is rich, alive and active in its ageing)
Harvest date 06.09 / 12.09 / 16.09.2015
Bottling date 03.07.2016
Date placed on sale 01.03.2017
Ageing potential 8/10 years
Pairings Meatloaf, tagliatelle with mushrooms
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