The Cartacanta cuvée, Agricola Basile’s entry level wine, impeccably expresses of the qualities of the Sangiovese grape used for this wine (90%, complemented with 10% Merlot). In the vineyard, yields are kept very low and do not exceed 1.5 kg of grapes per vine. The harvest is done manually and in small crates to prevent any damages to the fruit. A minimal amount of sulphur is used which means that everything happens quickly once the fruit is picked, usually there is a maximum of 60 minutes between harvesting and pressing. Fermentation by wild yeasts lasts about twenty days in stainless steel tanks. The wine is then transferred into French oak barrels (Allier and Tronçais) for 12 months.
With its ruby red colour, Basile’s Cartacanta reveals aromas of black cherry, grass and leather in the nose that are confirmed on the palate. This round and tasty wine has a good balance between tannins, alcohol and acidity.
Braised red meats, game and aged hard cheeses.
Calcareous “Galestro” limestone
Organic vineyard, no herbicides, pesticides or other synthetic products. South-west exposure with an average altitude of 350 meters. Density of 4,600 plants per hectare
Harvested by hand in small 18 kg crates. Vinified with indigenous yeasts. Aged in 500 liter French oak barrels for 12 months, followed by 24 months of bottle aging
The Basile brothers, Domenico and Giovan Battista acquired the estate in 1999 after it had been abandoned for over 30 years. This suited the brothers who wanted to create an organic winery and build a facility with no carbon footprint on the environment. The results from the 2004 vintage were encouraging as the terroir clearly demonstrated its potential. Today the brothers continue to make efforts and improvements in their six hectare vineyard to follow organic viticulture practices and optimize their grapes’ quality potential. No herbicides or synthetic products are tolerated at the estate and only organic materials are used as fertilizers.
The Montecucco DOC, located in the southern sub-region Maremma, between the prestigious Brunello Di Montalcino and Morellino di Scansano appellations was created in 2010. Many experts agree that it is the new sub-region to watch in Tuscany. The terroir is beautiful and the climate perfect for high quality viticulture. The excellent wines which are being produced here are attracting the attention of a growing number of wine enthusiasts who are looking for exceptional value for their money. As is mostly the case in Tuscany, the wines are mainly composed of Sangiovese, but several estates are also experimenting with international varietals such as Merlot or Cabernet as they adapt well to Maremma’s terroir.
Maremma is one of Italy’s most interesting wine-growing areas. Mainly known for its cattle farms and nature parks, it is now the center of a thriving wine business. The soils are mainly composed of shale and limestone, and the proximity of the ocean helps to temper the hot summers.
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