Conti Costanti - Brunello di Montalcino 2012Elegance and Balance
Country of OriginItaly
- Acidity g/l6
- Food MatchPork
- Grape TypeSangiovese
- Ph Level3.5
- Residual Sugar g/l1
- Type of closureNatural Cork
- WinemakerAndrea Costanti
Bright ruby red in colour, this wine has typical perfumes of morello cherry, cinnamon and spice.
On the palate it has wonderful elegance and balance together with excellent concentration and silky tannins softened by cask and bottle ageing.
Spiced red berry fruit characters are supported by an attractive savoury character, with a hint of liquorice on the long finish.
Fermentation took place on the skins in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks for two weeks. The wine was aged in wood for 36 months in total - 12 months in medium toasted Allier tonneaux (5 hectolitres) followed by 24 months in Slavonian oak barrels (30 hectolitres). After bottling, the wine rested for a further 12 months before release.
Virtually no rain fell at the beginning of 2012 and temperatures were cool. Much-needed light rain fell in late May and early June. Summer was very hot and dry and water reserves were almost completely exhausted.
Fortunately, gentle but sufficient rain arrived in mid-August reviving the leaves and fruit, which had become almost completely wilted and deflated, allowing them to spring back to life to become full and healthy in time for harvest.