Tenuta di Biserno, Sof Rosato 2019

Biserno

2019
Toscana IGT

SOF Rosé was inspired by and is dedicated to Sophia Antinori, the daughter of Marchese Lodovico.

A blend of Cabernet Franc and Syrah, the grapes are selected from the gentle slopes of the San Giovanni vineyard at Campo di Sasso, which is in the village of Bibbona, in the Alta Maremma. The soil type is loam with sand, silt and a small percentage of clay.

Bibbona is not far from the coast in southern Tuscany. The sea breezes ventilate the vineyards, creating a significant temperature difference between day and night. This preserves freshness and helps to develop complexity in the finished wine.

The grapes were handpicked during the early hours of the morning on different days – the Syrah on 22nd and Cabernet Franc on 30th of August. After careful sorting and de-stemming, the grapes are gently pressed given a minimal maceration time. Throughout the winemaking process, our winemaker Helena Lindberg, assesses the juice in order to obtain the specific colour and flavour profile sought by Sophia and Lodovico Antinori. The juice subsequently goes through the alcoholic fermentation in a temperature controlled stainless steel tank.

The 2019 SOF has a lifted nose with floral and fruity notes, a creamy palate, which is in perfect balance with a refreshing acidity and a clean, lingering finish. The wine rests for five months in stainless steel vats prior to bottling. Special attention has been given to the presentation to the bottle, a satin finished amphora-shape with the signature, SOF, in relief. The production is limited to 10.000 bottles.

Alcohol: 12% pH: 3,21 Residual sugar: 1.5 g/ Marchese Lodovico Antinori has indulged his daughter Sophia here by creating this dry, Tuscan pink A pretty, fragrant 50:50 blend of aromatic Cabernet Franc and powerful, evocative Syrah. Red berry freshness is complemented by underlying minerality very attractive.

Producer
Region
Variety
Cabernet Franc, Syrah/Shiraz
Alcohol-abv
12%
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Tuscany

Tuscany

One of Italy’s most preferred by wine connoisseurs, the region of Tuscany is probably only rivalled for its prestige by Piedmont, in the north. Tuscany contains a number of very fine DOC and DOCG appellations within its geographical borders, and is also home to the Super Tuscans. By far the most relevant Tuscan appellation is Chianti Classico, where some incredible wines that compete at the highest level are produced. Many of these amazing Chiantis will age for over twenty years. Chianti shares Tuscany with Brunello di Montalcino DOCG and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, both of which produce wines of great quality. Brunello is a local variety of the Sangiovese grape. The warm temperatures coming off the coast, combined with the cool breezes from the hills, create a multitude of microclimates.

DOCG and DOC

IGT: Toscana; Colli della Toscana Centrale; Vermentino di Toscana

DOC: Barco Reale di Carmignano; Bolgheri; Chianti; Elba; Maremma Toscana; Rosso di Montalcino; Val d’Arno di Sopra DOC;Vin Santo del Chianti; Vin Santo del Carmignano

DOCG:Brunello di Montalcino; Chianti Classico; Chianti Classico Riserva; Carmignano; Morellino di Scansano; Vernaccia di San Gimignano; Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

Tuscany accounts for over thirty DOC and half a dozen of DOCG wines. In addition to the great, well-known and appreciated reds, the local production includes a few distinguishable whites, the most notable among them being, without doubt, the Vernaccia di San Gimignano. Other delicious whites include the Bianco d'Elba, Bianco di Bolgheri, Vermentino and Bianco di Pitigliano.

Grape varieties

One of the most well known is Sangiovese the mainstay in all but one of Tuscany's seven red-wine DOCGs. In Montalcino it goes by the name Brunello, hence the name Brunello di Montalcino; in Vino Nobile di Montepulciano it is locally known as Prugnolo Gentile. Chianti, famed the world over, also features Sangiovese, as well as permitting the addition of small amounts of Canaiolo and Colorino, and international gems Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. As well as being famed for its reds, Tuscany produces some distinguished whites, one of which has achieved DOCG status: Vernaccia di San Gimignano.