Vin Santo del Chianti is made by Cantina Bonacchi who have been making fine Tuscan wines for three generations. The wines are produced from 40 hectares in the Chianti Montalbano area, as well as from 10 hectares divided between Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino. Modern technology and family expertise enables Bonacchi to offer excellent products from their four estates in Tuscany.
The 2010 vintage was a very good year, with heat in July which contributed to the grapes reaching maturity and good ripeness levels. The resulting wines highlight the strong colours and intense typicity of varietal characteristics with excellent phenolic components in balance with alcohol and acidity levels – all the prerequisites for good ageing potential.
The bunches of grapes were carefully harvested and then hung up to dry for approximately two months in a well-ventilated room. The dried grapes were rigorously selected and pressed; the resulting must was transferred into small oak barrels, known as caratelli. The barrels were not filled to the top to allow controlled oxidation to occur. Following oxidation, the barrels were then filled to make them airtight and the Vin Santo was left to age for approximately five years.
Amber in colour with intense, heady aromas of candied fruit and toffee. The palate is sweet, with balancing freshness and shows lovely complexity from the ageing, which delivers caramel notes with sweet, citrus fruits through to a deliciously long finish.