La Sorpresa 2016 Bianco Passito Toscana IGT
Castelnuovo Berardenga, Siena
La Sorpresa is the wine of tradition par excellence, still produced using an ancient method that involves drying the grapes on mats and ageing them in small chestnut barrels with a capacity of 30/100 litres called 'Caratelli'. The Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia del Chianti grapes in a 50/50 ratio come from a 41-year-old vineyard on sandy-clay soil at 330 metres above sea level.
Only 420 half bottles of this precious nectar were produced. Hence the uniqueness of this label that is so sought after even by collectors!
In the glass it is immediately striking for its intense amber colour and the full aroma it expresses on the nose with aromas of apricot jam, ripe apples, honey, caramel and flowers. In the mouth the wine is full, velvety with notes of dried fruit, nuts and plums. It goes perfectly with blue cheeses.
The structure that houses Pacina is a former 10th-century convent with a long history behind it, on the ancient road that connected Arezzo to Siena, northern Italy to Rome, surrounded by woods and the famous Crete Senesi. It is located in the municipality of Castelnuovo Berardenga and is now owned by the family of Stefano and Giovanna Tiezzi, who together manage the 10 hectares of vineyards and another 12 hectares of olive groves, orchards, cereals, vegetable garden and woods.
A small place where the richness of tradition has been respected and maintained, as well as the differences in the farm ecosystem where in addition to the vineyard there is a true polyculture that ensures great biodiversity, where plant and animal ecosystems have been able to maintain their richness and interrelationships.
The vineyards are mostly Sangiovese, with small parcels of Ciliegiolo, Canaiolo and Trebbiano, half a hectare planted to Syrah and another small plot for the amazing Vin Santo.