Vintage: 2018

VintageProduct CodeFormatClosureAvailability
2018SP602B186 x 75Natural CorkAvailable
Vegetarian
Vegan
Certified Organic
Producer

San Polo was purchased by Marilisa Allegrini in 2006, who has since invested heavily in the estate. This investment is now evident in the ever-increasing quality of the wines. Situated in the eastern part of Montalcino, the San Polo estate comprises 22 hectares of which 16 are planted under vine. They produce classic wines, with a bit more weight than those made in the north of Montalcino. The winery has been certified sustainable, by the respected Casa Clima organisation, since 2013. It has also been organic certified from 2017 and vegan certified from 2019.

The Brunello di Montalcino is a fine example of this regions modern style, rich and cedary with fine-grained tannins and excellent length. The Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a step up in quality and illustrates why San Polo is often considered to be one of Brunello’s top producers. They also produce two Brunello’s released only in the best vintages. The single vineyard ‘Podernovi’ is an energetic, elegant and deep expression, hailing from one of the most beautiful and iconic vineyards in Montalcino. The ‘Vignavecchia’ hails from 30 to 40-year-old vines in a western-facing vineyard, planted on galestro soil. It is intense and complex and has great potential for lengthy ageing. The Rosso is delicious and offers fantastic depth for the price, while the perfumed Rubio is made from a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

Vineyards

The grapes for this wine come from vineyards covering approximately eight hectares, planted between 1990 and 2000. They are situated at an altitude of 450 metres above sea level, facing south-southwest on chalky, clay soils. They are spur-cordon trained with a density of 4,000-7,000 plants per hectare.

Vintage

2018 will be remembered as a difficult vintage, characterised by rainy and humid conditions lasting throughout the summer months. Careful management in the vineyard and winery were vital. From mid-September onwards, the continuous sunny weather provided a wonderful end to the season and contributed to a successful harvest.

Vinification

The grapes were hand picked into 17 kilogram crates at the end of September. Once at the winery, the berries were selected and softly crushed. Fermentation took place in temperature-controlled concrete tanks for up to 22 days with temperatures reaching a maximum of 28-30°C. The wine was then aged for 30 months in a mixture of 10, 20 and 40 hectolitre oak casks. This was followed by a period of at least six months in bottle before release.

Tasting Notes & Technical Details

In the glass, this Brunello has an intense ruby red colour with garnet hues. The typical aromas of violets and red berries are followed by hints of vanilla, cedar and coffee. On the palate, it is full-bodied and warm with a densely-woven texture and robust tannins, while the finish is persistent and rounded.

Alcohol (ABV)

14%

Acidity

5.65 g/l

Residual Sugar

0.6 g/l

pH

3.56

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