MURTAS IGT ROSSO
Colli della Toscana Centrale
Murtas Terzuoli has always been the cellar master of the Fattoria San Michele. By giving his name to the most prestigious wine of the company, he meant to prove the hard work involved, not only his, but everyone else’s working on the property. This guarantees that each and every product has been taken extreme care of by many many people. Without their incredible hard work, the Fattoria wouldn’t be able to maintain its distinguished excellence. The Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the Vigna Nuova di Buonriposo, the Sangiovese is a selection of the best vines on the Fattoria and the Colorino is a clone that the company found in an old vine and preserved. It’s a wine of tremendous structure, that can be consumed at a young age but is still best after aging 5/7 years. By polymerizing, tannins give softness not affecting its full body. In fact it maintains its freshness even after many years, retaining its rich aromas and color full of life. It is a wonderful surprise for those who do not know this wine yet.
The grapes used are Sangiovese (40%), the Cabernet Sauvignon (40%) and the Colorino (20%)
The soil is semi soft with tendencies of clay. Because it is a skeletal-rich soil, it is considered on average, fertile.
The training method used is the guyot and cordon with a planting density of 5,000 vines / hectare.
The grapes are left on the plant until they are slightly overripe, then each grape is harvested and fermented.
FERMENTATION AND SOAKING
The grapes become softer daily optimally extracting polyphenols from the skin. The fermentation process takes about 25 days.
The Sangiovese are transferred into 25hl oak barrels while the Colorino and the Cabernet Sauvignon are put in barriques. The wine stays in the wood for 18 months. The merging of these 3 wines is carried out some time before the bottling in order for them to amalgamate. The proportions are usually 40% Sangiovese and Cabernet while the remaining20% is Colorino. However, this may vary according to the characteristics of every single grape.
After the wine is bottled we prefer to wait at least 6 months to sell the wine.
Red Ruby color dense with soft violet hue reflections.
Intense persistent notes of tobacco and coffee, while also fruity with floral nuances.
Warm, soft, fruity with elegant tannins, hints of toast to finish.
Murtas IGT is a balanced wine that is best opened within 5/7 years after harvest.
A great wine best when combined with many second courses such as wild boar, bittersweet hare, roasts and of course the Florentine Steak. The tannins contrast the succulence of the meat while the alcohol cleans the pallet and wash down the fatty flavor.