Sportoletti, Assisi Grechetto 2016

£11.50 (75cl)

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SKU: ITSP0016B*

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Grechetto vines are 15 years old and are located at 300m in the Assisi DOC. Soils comprise many stones and organic matter from Monte Subasio limestone erosion. The grapes are immediately brought to the winery, destemmed and macerated for about 6 hours before soft pressing. Alcoholic fermentation is carried out in stainless steel, thermoregulated tanks at a temperature not exceeding 16°C. 2-3 months in bottle prior to release.

Tasting note

Intense straw yellow colour, with scents of jasmine, white-fleshed peach and Golden apple. Smooth and warm in the mouth, closing with a delicate mineral note.

About the producer

Dedication, determination and an unflinching enthusiasm to portray the unique characters of Umbria are central to the winemaking philosophy of owners Ernesto and Remo Sportoletti. In 1979, the first 1,000 bottles were produced with their own label. Since then they have constantly been researching the perfect balance between innovation and tradition, using their skills to take the best advantage of the potential of the land – the hills between Spello and Assisi – where their 30 hectares of densely planted vineyard are situated. They work with low yielding clones in order to intensify the wines’ character.

When Riccardo Cotarella took over as Sportoletti’s consultant oenologist in 1998, he created a fine winemaking regime that took Ernesto and Remo’s vision and turned Sportoletti into a highly regarded player on the world wine stage.
Their Green Energy Project was started in 2007, when the family decided to install a photovoltaic plant of 400mq. This has been in operation since July 2008 and allows solar energy to be automatically transformed into electrical energy. The plant is of medium dimensions, not only allowing the business to be completely self-sufficient, but gives a surplus of more than 40%, which Sportoletti can sell as clean energy.

The gradual process of renewal of the vineyards has brought about a more rational and improved viticulture, thanks to high-density planting and “spur cordon” training of the vines, which allows easier control of the bud load and consequently, the productivity of the plants. Clonal material was selected from old ‘mother’ vines, as well as new clones in order to give fruit richer in polyphenols through being less productive.

The Assisi DOC area was founded in 1997. Initially renowned for extra-virgin olive oil, the area saw its wine-producing potential acknowledged. Grechetto is one of the few native varieties of this region producing a structured, high-quality style of white wine.



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