Lo Scudiere Toscana IGT Sangiovese
Bold, full and warm, Structured
The rustic note of Sangiovese emerges on the nose, with intense but always elegant aromas of red fruit and leather; on the palate it is very structured, with a full and decisive taste.
“Made with stem inclusion, the goal of this Sangiovese was fresh acidity, and Fabio Motta hit the mark. The dark fruit in the 2016 Lo Scudiere has a real crunchiness to it. The wine has a mature nose for a Sangiovese, plus fresh acidity.”91 Points – Wine Advocate
FROM THE PRODUCER: After working for ten years with Sangiovese , I decided to produce a wine entirely based on this grape variety. It does not only embody the Tuscan tradition, but it is also the hardest, and, at the same time, the most exciting variety to work with. The name of this wine pays tribute to one of its most renowed predecessor, a pioneer of the Sangiovese in Bolgheri, il Cavaliere by Michele Satta. I will always be grateful to this wine, and, especially, to this man.
VINIFICATION: Grapes have been hand-picked in small crates. 25% of non-destemmed grapes fermented in oak vats of 30 hl. Pumping overs have different frequency and duration, depending on the results of the tasting I carried out on a daily basis. Maceration on the skins lasted for more than a month. The ageing process took place in old barriques
We met Fabio Motta a few years ago on one of the regular Vinitaly trips, he had just started making wines and we were intrigued. His first Pievi was a hit with us and our customers. This year was high time to import his wines again.
From the producer’s website:
Driven by a great passion for wine and for the work of the artisan “vignaiolo” and with a degree in agriculture and five years of experience working at Michele Satta’s winery, I embarked on my own journey into the world of winemaking. My first vineyard, Le Pievi, is nearly twenty years old and is perfectly situated in the foothills of Castagneto Carducci.
The vines stretch over about 4 hectares of land with excellent soil. Shortly after beginning I purchased another two-hectare vineyard that produces top-quality white grapes, (mostly Vermentino) in the “Le Fornacelle” area.
In 2012, I also purchased the vineyard Le Gonnare, whose name means “washerwomen“ (because it is located at the foot of an ancient waterway where women used to wash clothes). Le Gonnare, a north-oriented vineyard, is composed of torrential deposits, full of ancient fossils and deep and rich in clay. It is a cool spot, which allows for a very late ripening of the grapes.
In total I work with about 7 hectares- this small scale allows me to handle every little step of the cultivation and winemaking myself.
Winegrowing is a humble job.
It has always intrigued me that the word “humble” comes from “humus“ or earth, meaning something close to the land. I believe that in order to succeed the winemaker must be humble, and close to the earth. Be the observer- do not force your vision into reality. I must let the terroir, and the qualities of the land I am cultivating, express itself, so that all the work in the vineyard and in the cellar can be transferred into the glass.
My land is Bolgheri. This strip of soil facing the sea has enormous viticultural potential. The summer’s evening breezes protect the grapes from any moisture as the harvest is approaches. Autumns are long and warm.
The vines have the opportunity to absorb every last drop of sunlight until the last moment or each sunset. We obtain perfectly ripened grapes which reflect the harmony of our terroir, all of which is felt in the wines, which are full-bodied, but elegant and deep.
Fortunately, there are many good winemakers here, both large and small, exploring this treasure of a region with dedication and commitment. I believe the best of Bolgheri has yet to come…http://www.mottafabio.it/