Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva Senex
Wine name:Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva Senex
Appellation:VERDICCHIO DI MATELICA DOC
Zone:Matelica (province of Macerata)
Vineyard extension (hectares):4
Vineyard age (year of planting):Verdicchio 1978
Colour:Intense straw yellow
Nose:Typical with aniseed and liquorice tones
Flavour:Well-balanced and mineral
Serving temperature (°C):12-14
Match with:Shellfish, seasoned cheese
Average no. bottles/year:2,600
Grape yield per hectare tons:8
The wine is made, only in the best vintages, from a selection of Verdicchio grapes of the "Fogliano" vineyard. It is a wine of great structure and it is therefore suitable for long ageing.
Vinification and ageing
30% of the must is vinified in French oak barriques, the rest of the must ferments in glazed concrete tanks with temperature control. The wine matures for 24 months minimum. Finishing in the bottle for a minimum of 12 months.
Address:Via Fogliano, 120 62024 Matelica MC
Owner:Pierino and Giuseppe Bisci
Year of establishment:1982
Total annual production:90000
Total vineyard extension (hectares):20
Planted varietals and extension (hectares):0.5ha Merlot 1.7ha Sangiovese 0.8ha Sauvignon Blanc 17ha Verdicchio
Vine training system:
Cultivation method in the vineyard:minimum cultivation between the vines
Type of viticulture:certified organic
Harvest period:From end of September to end of October
The brothers Giuseppe and Pierino Bisci bought the property, located between the provinces of Macerata and Ancona, in 1972 and turned it into one of the reference wineries of the area. When they bought the property the farmers of the area recommended it as particularly suited for the Verdicchio grape. Mauro, Giuseppe’s son, is now co-owner and manager of the estate with the support of the agronomist-oenologist Aroldo Bellelli.
The vineyard extension is of 20 hectares of which 17 are grown with Verdicchio, 0.8 hectares with Sauvignon Blanc, 0.5 with Merlot and 1.7 with Sangiovese.
The vineyards stand on the hills at an altitude of 300-350 meters above sea level, at the foot of Mount San Vicino (1,570 meters high) which protects this area from hail and from frosts. The thermals attract paragliding enthusiasts, but also make this area particularly ventilated. Another characteristic is that Matelica is in a closed valley which is parallel to the sea and not influenced by the sea breezes, so that the climate is continental with hot summers and cold winters and with a particularly wide day/night temperature range. The soil is clayey-calcareous rich in micro-elements as the area is an ancient marine basin. The exposure of the vineyards is mainly a full south. A part of the vineyards have a south-east and south-west exposure. The estate is certified organic.
Vinification takes place in the cellar among the vineyards that was built in 1980 adapting an old country house, while the wines mature in an underground cellar that was built in 2000.
All the wines of Bisci evolve slowly, acquire complexity with age and can be enjoyed for many years.
The Verdicchio wines (a “base”, a selection and a riserva) are rich, creamy, engagingly structured of remarkable amplitude and length on the palate. When young the bouquet has varietal grassy qualities backed by a spicy nature that with age evolves into complex and seductive resinous suggestions, displaying characteristics so bold and distinctive as to warrant a redefinition of both varietal and wine.
Bisci also produces a Passito (100% Verdicchio) and three Marche Rosso IGT: “Villa Castiglioni” (80% Sangiovese and 20% Merlot), “Fogliano” (a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Sangiovese) and “Piangifame” (100% Sangiovese only made in the best vintages).