Grape Varietals: 90% Vernaccia & 10% Chardonnay
Growing Region: San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy
Owner / Chief Winemaker: Andrea Cecchi

The vineyards around the stunning hill-top village of San Gimignano are some of the most picturesque you will find in Tuscany. This 2014 Vernaccia comes from vines located around the base of the hill, surrounded by olive groves and picture-postcard stone cottages and boutique estates. Vernaccia di San Gimignano has a rich history with this region. This varietal grown in this unique of settings is capable of producing vibrant white wines.

 

The Cecchi family are proudly recognised for repeatedly crafting quality interpretations of this varietal - with this wine being a shining example. This past July - I had the pleasure of visiting these vineyards, plus others and tasting this wine with the passionate team at Cecchi. Cecchi has been crafting this elegant Vernaccia based wine from the historical area of San Gimignano since 1988. Their 48 hectares of Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG vineyards are located just a short distance from their Montauto Estate winery. Each site has a southern exposure, and when each was deemed physiologically ripe, each parcel of fruit was harvested by a combination of hand and machine in the early morning to retain varietal freshness.
This wine was made with a mixture of traditional and modern techniques to show the true personality of this celebrated varietal. Crafted in temperature-controlled small and medium sized stainless steel tanks to retain and express the natural fresh character in the fruit. Fermentation temperature took place at 15°C for approximately 18 days. The tasted and blended wine was transferred back into tank until it was bottled in February following the harvest. It was then rested in bottle for a minimum 2 months before release.
In your glass you will be greeted by a pale straw colour with a golden, green glow. This wine has an inviting citrus and delightfully delicate floral aroma. The palate is perfectly balanced with just the right amount of citrus and fresh, crisp pip-fruit flavours, accompanied by subtle mineral notes and its naturally lifted acidity. Resulting in a bright and lively dry white wine with a lingering refreshing finish.
This 2014 Vernaccia di San Gimignano has 12% Alc/vol. Chill gently and serve at 8-10°C. 

A crisp, lively and vibrant Tuscan dry white wine.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this summer season; plus will age nicely for another 3-4 years. 

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with fresh shellfish, calamari, grilled or steamed white fish, along with vegetarian dishes and with a goats cheese salad - enjoy.