Brunello di Montalcino, Mate 2016

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"Ash, cherry and violet aromas follow through to a medium to full body, with a tight palate of firm, silky tannins. Chewy at the finish. Try after 2023." - James Suckling

 

About the Producer:

The Máté Winery is a family-owned, organically farmed estate in the prestigious, temperate Santa Restituta zone of Montalcino, also home to the vineyards of Angelo Gaja and Gianfranco Soldera. Within the Máté’s 75 acres of natural forest and wild fruit, the family planted 15 acres of vineyards in extremely varied terroir between 1,000 and 1,300 feet above sea level. Varietals and clones were specifically chosen for these various expositions, elevations and soils and planted at twice the normal density. The varietals include Sangiovese (in fossil-filled tuffo), Merlot (in sandy clay), Cabernet Sauvignon (in galestro), and Syrah (on mineral-rich, southern terraces). The selected hand-picked grapes are fermented in small temperature-controlled stainless steel and wood vats; the must is punched down and pumped over. The wines are then aged for up to three years in barriques, tonneaux and 40 HL vats of Allier French oak.

Writer Ferenc Máté, and his wife Candace, a painter, left New York in 1990 for the Tuscan countryside. They restored an ancient, abandoned friary before planting their vineyards between 1997 and 1999. Being perfectionists, the Mátés performed a “museum quality” restoration of the friary, then hired Gaja’s agronomist, Fabrizio Moltard to design the vineyards and France’s Pierre Guillaume to choose the best varietals and clones. They still consult with Gaja’s General Manager, with Ferenc overseeing the vineyards while Peter, their son, and Candace are responsible for the winemaking. Their Tuscan experiences are humorously written about in Ferenc’s A VINEYARD IN TUSCANY - a marketing tool found to be indispensable to distributors and retailers. Translated into 14 languages it has sold over a million copies worldwide. All labels are Candace's artwork.

Farming/vinification practices: Having always followed organic guidelines the Máté wines will officially be certified organic beginning with the 2016 harvest. The wines are never chaptalized. They are not fined and are vegan friendly. Total production - 2,000 to 2,500 cases.

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