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PRODUCTION AREA: Estate vineyards, in the southern hills of Montalcino. Altitude: from 170 to 230 meters above sea level. Position: Hillside.
SOIL TYPE: Yellowish brown colour, topsoil tend to be clay, calcareous with abundant rounded stone.
GRAPE VARIETIES: Almost exclusively Sangiovese
TRELLISING SYSTEM: Cordone speronato (Spurred cordon).
VINE DENSITY: 4.200 vines/ha.
HECTAR YIELD: 70 q.li/ha.
PRODUCTION TECHNIQUE: The alcoholic fermentation of the grapes lasts for 8/12 days at 24°-26°C until the last 3 days when the temperature is brought up to 30°C. Once this first phase is completed we proceed with the malolactic fermentation that takes place in French oak barrique where the wine is aged for a long period. An appropriate bottle fining follows.
Colour: intense and deep mauve red.
Bouquet: gentle aromas with notes of vanilla, tobacco and coffee, and also fruity hints of cherry jam and prunes.
Taste: powerful structure with soft and well balanced tannins.
WINEMAKER’S NOTES: BelnerO is the expression of the solid and indissoluble connection of Castello Banfi with Montalcino territory. This wine celebrates the experience and passion behind Castello Banfi’s 30-year pursuit of excellence in the vineyard as well as in the winery. BelnerO is driven by the Sangiovese grape, the emblematic varietal of Montalcino tradition that was studied and perfected through Banfi’s decades of research, and complemented with small percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot which find on our estate in southern Tuscany their most favorable habitat. BelnerO, with its powerful and well balanced structure, is ideal for a long aging.
FOOD PAIRINGS: Ideal with soups, grilled meat and medium aged cheeses.
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