Borgo del Cedro Malvasia e Sauvignon
Wine name:Borgo del Cedro Malvasia e Sauvignon
Zone:Agro Pontino (province of Latina)
Vineyard extension (hectares):6.5
Blend:Sauvignon and Malvasia del Lazio
Vineyard age (year of planting):
Colour:Light yellow with green reflections
Nose:intense, tropical fruit, white peach, sage and box-wood
Flavour:Supple and enveloping
Serving temperature (°C):10-12
Match with:Fresh dishes, fried vegetables and fish, pasta dishes, excellent as an aperitif
Average no. bottles/year:2,000
Grape yield per hectare tons:6.5
The Sauvignon grapes are harvested at the end of August.The Malvasia del Lazio grapes are harvested in mid September. Vineyard density: 5,000 vines/hectare. The grape yield is 2 kilograms/vine.
Vinification and ageing
Soft pressing of the whole clusters. After a cold decantation the mist is inoculated with selected yeast. Fermentation with temperature control at 14-16 degrees Celsius. At the end of the fermentation the wine is refrigerated at 10 degrees Celsius. The wines, still on the lees, are blended and agitated for approx. 1 month: in this way the lees enrich the wine making it more elegant and full bodied. Cold stabilization (-2 degrees Celsius) for about a week. Microfiltration before bottling at a low temperature.
Address:Via del Bosco 6 00040 Monteporzio Catone - Roma
Owner:Lorenzo and Fulvia Costantini
Year of establishment:2007
Total annual production:50000
Total vineyard extension (hectares):5
Planted varietals and extension (hectares):0.2ha Grechetto 1.5ha Malvasia del Lazio 1.8ha Malvasia di Candia 1.5ha Trebbiano Toscano
Vine training system:
Cultivation method in the vineyard:the aisles (between the rows of vines) are tilled
Type of viticulture:integrated/sustainable
Harvest period:mid September-mid October
Although we successfully worked with the wines of Villa Simone for over a decade, we decided to follow Piero Costantini’s nephew and winemaker Lorenzo when he purchased, with his wife Fulvia, a small estate in Monte Porzio, one of the oldest areas of wine production in Frascati. The limited production, just 50,000 bottles, and the fact that Lorenzo is concentrating all his efforts and talents in the production of his own wines, convinced us to include his azienda agricola in our selection.
Lorenzo graduated at the Istituto di San Michele all’Adige (one of the best schools in Italy for viticulture and oenology) and worked as director of the famous Tenuta Ca’ Bolani in Friuli and then for his family’s estate in Frascati.
Lorenzo and Fulvia’s vineyards stand in a zone where the historical estates of Frascati are located as the altitude (350 meters above sea level) and a perfect exposure make it ideal for viticulture: in fact the high temperature during the day and the cool nights favour aromas, while the volcanic/clayey soil, rich in minerals, and in potassium in particular, makes the wines particularly sapid. The azienda is tiny, the vineyard extension is only 5 hectares, sustainable practices are followed and only sulphur and copper base products are used.
Lorenzo makes a lovely and elegant Frascati Superiore (DOCG from the 2012 vintage), a supple and fruity IGT/proprietary red (a blend of mainly Sangiovese, Cesanese and Montepulciano) and a white IGT/proprietary wine (a blend of Sauvignon and Malvasia del Lazio.
The IGT/proprietary wines are made from the grapes of vineyards standing in the Maremma Laziale (province of Latina). The vineyards are in a lovely position facing the sea. The soil here is clayey and, although the climate can get very warm, the area has an excellent ventilation. The grapes are then vinified at a local winery for which Lorenzo consults.