Santa Cristina Bianco 2018
Umbria IGT (Typical Geographical Indication )
The 2018 growing season was characterized by a long and, on the whole, cold winter which delayed the beginning of the cycle of vine growth and development. An excellent spring then assured a normal phase of flowering and bud set. Frequent rainfall from early March to early July preceded sunny weather which lasted until mid-August without, however, excess heat or peak temperatures. Occasional rains during the final fifteen days of the month were followed by rising temperatures during the month of September which assured the harvest of healthy and perfectly ripe grapes. The picking of the Viognier began in early August while the Grechetto and Procanico grapes were not harvested until mid-September.
The Viognier harvest took place in early August, while the picking of the Procanico and Grechetto was delayed until mid-September.
Fermentation and Aging
The Procanico, Grechetto, and Viognier grapes were fermented separately to respect the period of optimal ripeness of the crop. After destemming and a soft pressing, the must was chilled to a temperature of 50° Fahrenheit (10° Centigrade) to assist a natural static settling of impurities. The must then went into stainless steel tanks where it fermented at temperatures held to a maximum of 62° Fahrenheit (17° Centigrade) and the wine was then held in stainless steel at a temperature of 50° Fahrenheit. The preparation and bottling in small lots assisted in obtaining a wine which was always fresh and fragrant.
Alcohol: 11,5° by Vol.
The ancient town of Cortona is situated on a high hill not far from Siena and Perugia. On one side is the spacious plain, on the other the hill and the town. This is the view which can be enjoyed from the Santa Cristina cellar, constructed in the year 2006 to confirm and renew the wine of the same name over 60 years from the first vintage of its production. Santa Cristina, over time, has become e reference point for experts in the sector but not only these thanks to a constant commitment to quality. The care both in the vineyard and in the cellar have acted as a stimulus to constant innovation and as well as a constant attention to both international and native grape varieties, giving birth to various wines, all distinguished by the same artisanal style, fruit of the indissoluble link between vineyard, terroir, and the work of man. The Santa Cristina Bianco is created from the grapes of vineyards in Umbria, a region historically associated with fine white wine. It is noteworthy for its freshness, mineral notes, and drinking pleasure.
Santa Cristina Bianco shows a straw yellow color. Intensely fruity notes are felt on the nose, the bananas and citrus fruit, typical of both Grechetto and Procanico as varieties, along with candied fruit as well, a characteristic of Viognier. The palate is balanced, tasty, with good freshness and softness and fruity notes which recall the sensations first sensed on the nose.