Montefalco Rosso ‘Pomontino’ comes from whole-berries fermented Sangiovese (80%) and Sagrantino, aged one year in large Slovanian oak casks and 6 months in bottle. Native yeasts, neither fined nor filtered, the nose is enticing and elegant, pomegranate, redcurrant, sour cherry and blackberry. Lively and elegant palate of red cherry and orange plus the fruits found on the nose, it closes with fine tannins and a long finish. (3 Bicchieri, Gamberro Rosso)
TENUTA BELLAFONTE, Torre del Colle New!
Tenuta Bellafonte is located in the heart of the most unspoilt part of Umbria, not far from Bevagna, near the beautiful village of Torre del Colle, surrounded by rolling hills where woodlands give way to orderly vineyards and olive trees.
The 11-ha vineyard, are located between 260 and 320m above sea level. The South-Eastern exposure, the mix of clay, marl and rocky soils are ideal for producing quality wine.
Owner Peter Heilbron left the boardrooms of the corporate World in 2007 when he and his wife Sabina purchased this wonderful 40-ha property (the rest of the land is dedicated to woodland, orchards and olive trees).
Heilbron designed his winery, completed in 2010, building it into the clay and marl hillside with subterranean porous walls made from gabions, steel baskets filled with stones. The winery is energy independent, using solar panels for electricity and generating heat and hot water by burning vine cuttings in a biomass boiler.
In the vineyards, Heilbron shuns chemical fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides, using seaweed and plant extracts as a kind of vine homeopathy. He has not pursued organic certification because, in rainy seasons, he sometimes prefers to use a sustainable fungicide to fight mildew rather than copper sulfate, which is permitted for organic use but can build up in the soil and be toxic to bees and other organisms. "I prefer to do it my way," he says.
Son of a German jeweller, Peter was born and raised in Milan, he studied agronomy before he made a career in Food and Beverage. He learnt winemaking by ‘tasting, studying and asking questions’
Peter was intrigued and attracted by Montefalco Sagrantino wine, although the tannic structure wasn’t to his personal taste, he was adamant he could make a softer, more elegant version from his 5-ha, dedicated vineyard. Using gentle vinification techniques, whole berry fermentation, natural yeasts, gentle pressing, not filtration/fining and only a small amount of SO2 at bottling.