White wine lovers will be delighted with this news: The 2018 vintage is the first white wine from the Fattoria di Rignana! His name: Bianco Toscana IGT. And as we all know, this is indeed something special, since white wines are rarely produced in Chianti Classico. And the extra special thing about this white wine: it is made from Sangiovese grapes. Actually, it is made from the grapes from which Chianti Classico is normally made. As connoisseurs of Tuscany and friends of Nina know, a Chianti Classico must consist of at least 80 percent of the autochthonous grape variety Sangiovese. And as you know, it’s quite red… unlike the new Bianco. And that’s why I’m going to tell you today how the red wine grapes become this excellent white wine and why this white wine is a real summer must!
A Tuscan white wine from Sangiovese grapes
Until now we knew the Fattoria e Villa di Rignana as a producer of top red wines and as a source of a fruity and fresh Rosato. With his white wine, winemaker Cosimo Gericke has now entered completely new territory. And I can anticipate that much right away: He did an extremely good job! The decision to include a white wine in the range had several reasons for Cosimo: On the one hand, one of the trends is towards white wines, which can be served well as an aperitif or as a summery, light accompaniment to meals (see Rosato…!). On the other hand, on Rignana the renewal of the vineyards is in full swing. As a result, there are many young vines whose grapes are not yet full-bodied enough to produce the Chianti Classico that we are used to from Rignana. But instead of letting the young grapes be grapes, Cosimo vinifies Sangiovese grapes are used as white wine with the help of a special production process – which is not new, but is used relatively rarely. And this is how it works: The grapes from the young vines and grapes from other vines that are ripe earlier are harvested relatively soon and pressed immediately after harvesting, so that there is no further contact between skin and grapes. In other words, the production step that would otherwise lead to the pink colour of Rosato or the red colour of Chianti Classico is simply omitted. The cool fermentation ensures that the fruit aromas of the grapes are preserved. The wine is then placed in steel tanks for ageing. And voilà: Ready is the Bianco Toscana!
White, white, Bianco Toscana!
The first thing you notice when looking at Bianco Toscana is that the wine shines almost transparent white in the bottle. Well chilled in the glass, the nose and palate can enjoy a pleasant fruity freshness, the full flavour of juicy pears, a hint of flowers and a delicate touch of nut and citrus fruit. A real treat! The Bianco of Rignana is very versatile: whether as an “aperitivo” on a warm summer evening with friends or for a light meal. It’s best to always keep one or two bottles in the fridge “as a precaution” – friends might drop by unexpectedly. It could suddenly turn into a beautiful summer evening. Or it could simply be any other occasion that a bianco would suit. Well, actually, all the time…