"PIU’ TANTO" Toscana Pugnitello IGT
It is the pride and joy of the winery, that distinctive and characteristic element that links us deeply and firmly to the territory, and that reflects the uniqueness of Tuscan Maremma. In fact the heart of PIU’ TANTO is Pugnitello (100%), an ancient autochthonous grape variety found in Maremma, that was rediscovered a few years ago by the University of Florence. The name we have chosen for the wine also helps to synthesize its peculiar characteristics and linking it to the territory. In fact “PIU’ TANTO” is slang that is incorrect Italian grammar, but widely used in Maremma as comparative/superlative form. So the name is the first link our wine has with the territory, obtained from a variety of grape that is PIU’ TANTO – more much – adapted to the climate of Maremma, PIU’ TANTO vigorous in the vegetation, not very productive but PIU’ TANTO colored and that gives a wine that is PIU’ TANTO alcoholic, scented and structured. A wine of outstanding features that maintains a strong acidity.
Grapes are produced from a vineyard that was planted in 2006, which is placed on top of a hill at about 300 meters above sea level. The agronomic management of the vineyard follows the guidelines of organic farming, although still uncertified. The harvest is done manually, usually in mid-September, when the grape reaches the perfect balance of sugar content, phenolic extractability and acidity content. The adopted practices for the winemaking and the subsequent wine aging are minimalist.
Characteristic features are maceration on the skins in winemaking for about 15 days, and a long period of aging in French barrels of the entire mass of wine. This last choice is necessary because of the grumpy and aggressive tannins that characterize this wine during its young stage. The stay in wood, where the wine rests for at least 20 months, added with an at least additional 6 months in bottle, soften the wine’s austerity, that by maintaining a strong acidity as well, becomes balanced and harmonious.
There are only very few Tuscany wineries (no more than 15) that until now have believed in Pugnitello, cultivating it and obtaining a single variety wine.