The climate of the 2016 vintage was characterized by abundant spring rainfall and by high summer temperatures with excellent temperature swings between daytime heat and evening and nighttime coolness. The spring rains slowed the flowering of the grape bunches and the growth and development of the crop as well. The favorable summer weather, instead, brought vine growth and grape ripening back into balance, conserving the aromatic patrimony of the grapes as well.
Sugar level were at normal levels, while acidity was higher than average.
Picking began during the last week of the month of August.
The harvested grapes were destemmed and given a soft and delicate pressing. The must was then chilled to a temperature of 50° Fahrenheit (10° centigrade) to favor a natural, static settling of impurities. After 48 hours it went into stainless steel tanks, where it fermented at temperatures held to a maximum of 59° Fahrenheit (15° centigrade). The wine was then racked and held at 50° Fahrenheit in stainless steel tanks to maintain the integrity of the aromas. The preparation in small batches just before bottling assisted the wines in maintaining this as a rosé of sustained freshness and fragrance.
The first vintage of Santa Cristina was produced by Marquis Niccolò Antinori, father of Piero Antinori, in 1946. Over time Santa Cristina has become a reference point for connoisseurs, and not merely these consumers, thanks a constant commitment to high quality. The care and attention always given to both the vineyard work and the work in the cellar have been the stimulus for constant innovation and for measuring professional work and capacities with both native and international grape varieties. The result has been a family of wines, all different from one another, but distinguished by the same style, fruit of the indissoluble link between the vineyard, the terroir, and human contributions and input. Classic Santa Cristina has thus been joined by Santa Cristina Bianco, Santa Cristina Rosato, and Santa Cristina Le Mastrelle along with Campo Grande and Cipresseto. Together with the Santa Cristina extra-virgin olive oil, Donato, and the Vinsanto Valdichiana, they represent a new step forward for a long and well established viticultural tradition.
A tenuous pink in color, the nose of the wine offers floral and fruity notes, particularly of white roses and green apples. The flavors are soft, balanced, and fragrant.