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This wine style is well known to wine-loving visitors to Tuscany.
The wine is made (partly or completely) from partially dried grapes that are slowly pressed to yield a thick, concentrated juice, which is then left for years to ferment in barrel – a process generally known as appassimento.
Every winemaker creates a variation on the theme. In our case, Semillon grapes were laid out on custom-built racks to dehydrate until reaching a shriveled raisin-like appearance (around 25 Beaume). They were then gently destemmed, crushed and pressed in our winery; finding their way to 100 litre oak barrels two months from picking (at an extraction rate of below 100 litres per ton of fruit). There they remained sealed for three years before being opened. After being fined and filtered, the wine was bottled in February 2012.
The 2010 Appassimento is caramel honey in colour. Lusciousness exudes from the bottle, with nutty richness rather than oak coming through on the nose. The palate is equally luscious – a rich syrupy amalgam of ripe apricot, honey and sultana makes it a perfect choice at the end of a meal; with powerful cheeses, or as a dip for almond biscotti. A handcrafted offering of friendship and hospitality in the company of good friends.
A wine that should age well up to five years from bottling.
pH Residential sugar Alcohol Standard drinks
3.84 215 ppm g/L 7.1% 2.1 (375 ml bottle)