Appellation: Toscana IGT
90% Sangiovese, 10% Syrah
Vinification and refinement
The Ceppaiano vineyard is located on the edges of Arno River, on sandy soils rich in minerals and fossils of marine origin, in one of the most vocated areas of Pisan hills at about 25 km from Tyrrhenian Sea.
After de-stemming and crushing, the grapes are transferred to a tank and left to macerate for a few hours (generally from 8 to 24 hours). The skins, floating to the tank top, are then separated by gravity from the grape must, which is denser and remains at the bottom. During the contact time, the grape must is enriched by the skin pigments and aromas (it is therefore coloured pink). The grape must is then subjected to a racking process and, once clean, is fermented at a controlled temperature of between 17 to 20ºC. Therefore, once the alcoholic fermentation has been completed, the wine is fined and stabilised prior to the bottling.
Colour: Intense pink colour with purple notes.
Bouquet: On the nose evident bouquet of fruit, peach, plum and apricot.
Taste: On the palate the freshness and sapidity are the characteristics of this easy drinking wine.
Salads, fish courses and appetizers. Serve chilled.
The Ceppaiano Estate was born in 2005. Initially conceived as an extension of the Poggio al Casone vineyards and location of the new winery, it afterwards becomes an independent estate as a result of subsequent land acquisitions that differ from those of Poggio al Casone for the prevalence of alluvial sands arranged on foothill heights overlooking the coast. In 2010 the Ceppaiano estate became set of the Castellani Family Foundation dedicated to art and culture and place of preservation of a contemporary art collection. The vineyard stretches over 40 hectares on a strip of land located between the hills and the coastal plain that sees the presence of some of the best vineyards in the area. This exact location at the extreme western edge of Chianti area is at the origin of the wine project of the estate, which tries to reconcile the tradition of Chianti, linked with the Sangiovese grapes, with wine innovation that has seen in the coast and International varieties the true revolution of Tuscan oenology from the '70s until today. The labels of the estate have been created with the help of the works of art housed in the Ceppaiano Villa, headquarter of the winery and the Foundation.