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Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC

Canaletto Montepulciano d’Abruzzo comes from the Abruzzo region in central Italy, known for the production of rich, robust reds made from the local Montepulciano grape. This bold wine pairs perfectly with a variety of meaty pasta sauces or grilled red meats.

  • Vinification process

    The grapes are de-stemmed, then, very gently, crushed, causing as little damage as possible to the skins. Very frequent remontage takes place before and during fermentation. There is a total of 10 days skin contact before racking.

  • Vineyard location

    The Montepulciano grapes are grown in selected vineyards in the Pescara and Chieti provinces of Abruzzo, central Italy. All the vineyards are on hillside slopes of around 300-400 metres above sea level. Despite its southerly location, the Abruzzo has cold winters with abundant rainfall. Summers are hot with a good fluctuation of temperature between day and night. During the final stages of ripening, these conditions help to develop the spicy, cherry fruit flavour, typical of Montepulciano

  • Vine

    100% Montepulciano

  • Harvest

    The grapes are carefully hand-picked in late September and early October. Pickers revisit the vineyards time and time again, only selecting those bunches of grapes at their optimum ripeness.

Fermentation: Specially selected yeasts are added in order to start fermentation immediately. Fermentation is temperature controlled, rising to 28°C for one day only and continuing at 24°C for 7-10 days. This method guarantees optimum colour extraction and soft tannins. After racking, the wine is inoculated with bacteria to induce malolactic fermentation at 20°C for 20-30 days.

Ageing: 30% of the wine is aged in oak barriques for 12 months and 70% for the same period in stainless steel or concrete vats.

Winemaker’s notes: A rich red wine, with layer upon layer of damson and morello cherry flavours and a long elegant finish. This bold wine pairs perfectly with a variety of meaty pasta sauces or grilled red meats.

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