Montecucco Sangiovese Santa Marta
Wine name:Montecucco Sangiovese Santa Marta
Appellation:MONTECUCCO SANGIOVESE DOCG
Zone: Poggi del Sasso, Cinigiano (province of Grosseto)
Vineyard extension (hectares):7
Vineyard age (year of planting):Sangiovese 1965
Soil Type:sandstone, limestone
Altitude:350 meters above sea level
Colour:Intense ruby red
Nose:Elegant and complex. Fruity and spicy notes, hard black cherry and tobacco notes
Flavour:Concentrated with ripe and tightly knit tannins. Persistent.
Serving temperature (°C):16-18
Match with:red meat, roasts, wild boar, seasoned Pecorino cheese
Average no. bottles/year:30,000
Grape yield per hectare tons:4.5
This wine is made from vineyards that are over 30 years old
Vinification and ageing
Spontaneous alcoholic fermentation and maceration with the skins in truncated conic oak casks (22 hectolitres) for approx. 20 days, punching down of the cap three/four times a day. Malolactic in oak. The wine matures for 24 months in oak casks (capacity 22-50 hectolitres). Finishing in the bottle for approx. 1 year.
Address:Loc. La Cava - Poggi del Sasso - 58040 Cinigiano (Grosseto)
Year of establishment:1900
Total annual production:100000
Total vineyard extension (hectares):20
Planted varietals and extension (hectares):1ha Ciliegiolo 15ha Sangiovese 4ha Vermentino
Vine training system:
Cultivation method in the vineyard:grass is left on the aisles between the rows of vines
Type of viticulture:certified organic
Agronomist:Leonardo and Marco Salustri
Oenologist:Leonardo and Marco Salustri
The estate was established at the beginning of the 1900s, but viticulture started being the main activity in the 1960s. The first bottling was in 1996.
The vineyard extension is 20 hectares grown with Sangiovese, Ciliegiolo and Vermentino (2 hectares within the province of Massa Carrara).
The azienda is in the heart of Tuscan Maremma on the slopes of Monte Amiata near the medieval town of Cinigiano, and between Montalcino (the estate is just 15 kilometers from Montalcino) and Scansano.
The hills of Poggi del Sasso, where the vineyards stand, have a particularly favourable microclimate for viticulture, due to the altitude and to the sea breezes, due to the concentrated sun on the top of these hills and due to the composition of the soil. In fact this area is ideal for organic farming, as there are very few problems with disease and pests.
Furthermore, the DOC Montecucco was established in 1998 by Leonardo Salustri together with another estate.
The clones of Sangiovese, Vermentino and Ciliegiolo have been selected in the old vineyards of the estates with the collaboration of the University of Pisa and have been classified, by the University, as “Salustri biotypes”.
Leonardo Salustri and his son Marco manage the estate directly, without consultants, following the tradition of Maremma and of their family.
The grapes are monitored closely throughout the vegetative cycle and the clusters are selected carefully during harvest so that only the best grapes are vinified.
The cellar was built in 1996 and enlarged in 2006 and it is equipped with steel vats with temperature control and with oak casks of a capacity over 22 hectolitres.
The practices in the cellar follow a minimum handling philosophy, no chemical products are added to the wine, wines are stabilized through decantation and the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations are spontaneous. The wines mature in large oak casks (25-50 hectolitre capacity).
The estate is certified organic since 1994.
The range of wines consists of Montecucco DOC, Montecucco Sangiovese DOCG and of an IGT/proprietary wine made exclusively with Vermentino. The wines are all remarkable, elegant and with a lot of personality.