Umbria IGT 2017
Umbria IGT (Typical Geographical Indication )
The 2017 vintage was characterized by a winter and spring which were, on the whole, both dry and marked by important, though little frequent, drops in temperature. These climatic conditions favored a regular bud burst during the month of March. The absence of rainfall, which distinguished the period from the month of June up through the first ten days of August, accelerated the ripening of the grapes. The positive temperature swings from daytime heat to evening and nighttime coolness created by late August rains guaranteed the development of fragrance and freshness in the fruit.
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 fermentation of the Viognier, Grechetto, and Procanico took place separately on the basis of the ripeness levels of the different grapes. After destemming and a light pressing, the must was chilled to a temperature of 50° Fahrenheit (10° centigrade) to favor a natural static settling of the impurities, and the clarified must then went into stainless steel tanks, where it fermented at temperature held to a maximum of 63° Fahrenheit (17° centigrade). The wine was then held at a temperature of 50° Fahrenheit. The final preparation and bottling of the wine in small lots assisted in obtaining a wine which was always fresh and fragrant.
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 is a straw yellow in color. The nose is dominated by the intensely fruity notes of bananas and citrus fruit typical of Grechetto and Procanico, and by candied fruit, characteristic of Viognier as a variety. The palate is balanced, savory, and with a good freshness and softness along with the fruity notes which recall the aromas felt on the nose.