Vin Santo (or Vinsanto) is a typical dessert wine. This traditional Tuscan and Umbrian wine is made with white Malvasia Tuscan grapes and a very small proportion of Tuscan Trebbiano. It can also be produced with Sangiovese and in this case we speak of Vin Santo ’Occhio di Pernice’. Traditionally, Vinsanto is produced by picking only the best bunches of grapes (picking ‘by selection’). The grapes are picked at the end of September, and hung to dry, on iron hooks, in a well- ventilated room, yielding a must, rich in juice and sugar. The must is then sealed in Chestnut or Oak barrels, so that once the oxygen in the barrel, runs out, fermentation is interrupted. Five years after being picked, the Vin Santo can be bottled. The yield, at the end of this long process, is typically less than 20 quintali of Vinsanto per hectare.
- Vinsanto is limpid and transparent, intense amber coloured, of excellent luminosity and brown/Mahogany reflections.
- The first ‘nose’ demonstrates a strong intensity, richness of aromas and persistence. The hints are strong, positive and stylish. The enveloping perfumes, recalling, above all, dried fruit, progressively dominant over time. The tertiary notes, of maturing fruit, can be distinctly perceived, reminiscent hints of raisins, walnut, dates and honey. Then, apricot, sweet spices, barley candy and pipe tobacco, to complete, for now, a broad and intriguing ensemble. The taste is powerful, full-bodied and dense; and manages to express its character through excellent balance, articulated well, between the sweet note of wine, the acidity and its softness.
- Even the aftertaste has a very pleasant fruity note of candied citrus peel, this time reminiscent of dried figs, sweet spices and acacia honey. The palate remains clean and fresh, and slightly almondy. Then, at the end, prolonging it all, the returning almost inexhaustible aromas perceived in the nose.
- Vinsanto can be both amiable or dry, and suggested pairings it with dry biscuits, shortbread, and Tuscan Cantucci biscuits. Vin Santo can be consumed as table wine: a mellow taste to go with Marzolino cheese fresh, and a dry type of Raveggiolo.
Trebbiano e Malvasia