Podere Sant’Alberto is located north of Siena, between the fortified villages of San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and Castellina in Chianti. The estate covers 12 hectares of mixed woodland, olive groves and vineyards on sloping terrain of limestone and clay at an elevation of around 250 metres.
There are three vineyards covering 2.5 hectares. Approximately 1.5 hectares of Sangiovese, with the remaining parcels equally divided between Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The upper (oldest) vineyard is planted with Sangiovese and the white Tuscan varieties of Malvasia and Trebbiano.
These vines are about 50 years old and are mixed with olive trees in the traditional manner.
The lower (newer) vineyard is planted with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, for Le Due, and was established in 2001. A south easterly facing hillside has recently being planted with Sangiovese, that begun to bear its first fruit for the 2016 harvest. This new vineyard is picked in two tranches, firstly the early picked fruit to make Il Rosa. Secondly a later passing, when the grapes are fully mature, for L’Unico.
We make two red wines. Firstly a traditional Sangiovese based wine that is a true expression of fruit and freshness. From 2012 we have also explored 30% whole bunch fermentation and have benefitted from this technique’s ability to preserve Sangiovese’s unique varietal characteristics.
The second, a blend of spicy Cabernet Sauvignon and silky Merlot from the lower vineyard to make Le Due in a SuperTuscan style. The Merlot and Cabernet both benefit from a touch of new oak where they remain for 24 months. The wines are racked once a year and are bottled with a light filtration and minimal sulphur addition.
We are striving to create wines of international quality and representative of the Tuscan terroir with which we are blessed.