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Per Bottle: $29.99
Per case of 12: $359.88
Producer: Decugnano Dei Barbi
Vintage: 2019
Production Area: South-west and south-east facing vineyards planted in 1986, 1997 and most recently in 2000. The soils are rich in calcium and the marl component provides essential minerals for vine nutrition.
Type: White Table Wine
Alcohol: 13.5%
Sugar: <2g/l

Description

Nestled outside the medieval town of Orvieto, the Decugnano estate has long been associated with winemaking. Records dating from 1212 confirm the presence of monks who dedicated themselves to the cultivation of local vines. The land remained under the ownership of the Church until the unification of Italy in 1861, when the estate was sold to private investors. In 1973 it passed into the hands of the Barbi family, wine merchants since the 1920s, whose work has elevated the quality of the estate’s wines to new levels and gained international recognition for the protected designation of origin of Orvieto Classico DOC.  Decugnano dei Barbi comprises 63 hectares in total, of which 33 hectares are under vine and 13 different grape varieties are cultivated. In contrast to the rest of the Orvieto Classico DOC area the soil is of marine origin, dating from the Pliocene epoch. The oyster fossils and seashells that can be found scattered throughout the vineyard are testament to the presence of an ancient sea. Light in colour and rich in calcium, the soil provides the perfect growing environment for the vines. The clay component ensures adequate water-holding capacity for the dry season and calcium provides vital micro-nutrients for berry cell wall development. This soil structure is complemented by a unique microclimate, with constant ventilation and marked diurnal temperature variation, essential for the retention of acidity and aromas. As a result, our wines exhibit a characteristic minerality and freshness. Winter was mild, and it was followed by a cold spring. Lower than average temperates lasted till the end of May, causing some lower than optimal budding fase that affected the yields on some late varieties such as Vermentino. The summer progressed with the ideal balance of rain and sunshine, with just an extreme hot weather in the last week of July. Harvest started in mid August and it was carried out at night in order to bring berries to the winery at a lower temperature. Overall, 2019 proved to be a very good vintage .

Color

A vibrant light colour.

Grape Varieties

Grape %
Grechetto 55
Vermentino 20
Chardonnay 20
Procanico 5

Aroma

Clearly expresses notes of golden apple and mature zesty citru.

Taste

The palate is characterized by bright acidity with a touch of salinity, that typifies the soil and it closes with a long, lingering finish.

Vinification

Only the best fruit is used for the unique blend that is Mare Antico 2019. Grapes were carefully selected and harvested by hand, with a yield of 7000kg per hectare. On arrival at the winery they were de-stemmed, cooled and pressed. Fermentation was carried out in stainless steel tanks for 15-20 days at 14°-16°C. 5% was fermented in new French oak, without malolactic fermentation. The wine spent 12 months in bottle before market release.