Vin Santo "OCCHIO DI PERNICE" DOC Melini
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The Tuscany Vin Santo belongs to the raisin wines. This kind of wine has always been produced during the centuries. The raisin wines are also very connected to the Christians because it is the favorite wine during the mass. The Vin Santo took its name to the fact that the grapes were left to wither until the Saint week (Easter) when there were pressed. This wine is made by 50% Sangiovese, 25% Pinot and 25% Syrah grapes. The vineyard is on the Radda hills in the Chianti area at 350 meters above the sea level. The density is 3700 trees per hectare on marl-limestone soils rich of stones and with a good exposition. The manual grape harvest selects the most ripen grapes that are put in wooden boxes and then the grapes are put to wither in dry and ventilated rooms for some months. The natural dehydration enriches the juice of the grapes that achieve the 17% of the proof. It follows the maturation and the must ferments very slowly in little oak barrels. The must needs strong thermal excursion between night and day and the wines mature for more than 10 years before the bottling.
Characteristics of the VIN SANTO Chianti Classico DOCG – Occhio di Pernice
It has a charged amber color with intense reflections. The smell is rich and concentrated, particularly complex with candied red fruits aromas. The taste is full, harmonic and complex with a long persistence but it is especially an elegant wine with a very good balance between acidity and sugars.
Suggested pairings while tasting this Vin Santo wine
This wine of the Tuscany tradition is a meditaton wine. It can be also matched with bakery or with chocolate. It is ideal during Easter time. The service temperature must be cold at 14°C. The proof is 17% and it matures for more than 15 years in bottle if lied down in a fresh and dark place.