Off to Italy now and the hilltop town of Volterra which claims to be the oldest in the Tuscany region, this is where we find the sustainable MonteRosola winery (translates to hill of poppies), with its 25 hectares of organic vineyards, all hand farmed.
The winemaker Alberto Antonini, who has experience with one of the famous names in Italian wine, Antinori, has created a winery with minimal intervention. Vinification is in tulip-shaped concrete tanks, producing around 70,000 bottles a year, which is hoped to be significantly increased over time. MonteRosola make seven different wines of which two of them are featured here, the white Cassero made with 100% Vermentino and the red Mastio made with 100% Sangiovese.
MonteRosola Cassero – IGT Toscano Bianco 2018
First up is the stylish Cassero, an unoaked Vermentino aged in concrete tanks on Lees for about 4-6 months. In the glass, it’s a primrose colour with really pronounced aromas of white flowers, almonds and ripe pears, a pretty intense nose. On first sip there’s a slight saltiness with citrus fruits, crisp green apples, lemon peel, some dried herbs, white peach and a hint of bitter almonds on the finish. Moderate acidity but still retaining a lot of freshness and even with its 14% abv it makes for a very appealing and sophisticated wine, with or without food.
MonteRosola Cassero Bianco Orlando’s Fine Foods £12.50
Mastio, IGP Toscana Rosso, 2019
On to the red now and a 100% unoaked Sangiovese with maturation for seven months in concrete tanks. This was really a deep ruby colour in the glass again with some heady aromas of cherries, cranberries and plums. Tastewise there are lots of sour tangy cherries and ripe plums with some tobacco smokiness, earthiness, leather, black pepper and maybe even some chestnuts. Still with lots of bright acidity and soft tannins.
The 14% abv, was evident and there was a little heat from the alcohol, but overall another lovely very enjoyable wine, maybe more a food wine but saying that I’d happily drink it on its own.
MonteRosola Mastio Rosso Orlando’s Fine Foods £13
As I said earlier these are only two of their range and they are pretty much their entry-level wines but if these are anything to go by then the rest of the range must be something special.Like (1)