Sanchimento, the white wine from the lady of reds
Donatella Cinelli Colombini presents her Sanchimento 2015 , her white wine from Traminer grapes that this year is better than ever
San Chimento and San Clemente were the same person: Pope Clemente 1st who died in Sebastopoli, maybe a martyr, at the end of the 1st century. In medieval documents the two names are often swapped and in the Sienese territory, crib of the Italian language, where still today there is a local vernacular surviving that is quite a conjunction between Latin and Italian, the names Chimento and Clemente continue to live together. So the chapel at Fattoria del Colle built by the owners ancestors, in 1592 is dedicated to San Clemente is surrounded by a farmhouse Sanchimento pronounced and written all in one word. Sanchimento is also the name of a wine obtained with Traminer grapes that are grown near the chapel in the Sanchimento property.
The 2015 harvest was particularly favourable for the vineyards thanks to a very rainy
winter and spring that caused a natural reduction in clusters and a reserve of water in the soil. In August the great differences between day and night temperatures favoured the synthesis or perfumes and the production of wines particularly rich in aroma.
Type: dry white.
Production area: Tuscany, Trequanda, Fattoria del Colle.
Vintage characteristics: mild and rainy winter, spring with frequent rainfalls that interfered with the blooming and caused a natural decrease in production. The vine vegetative cycle began very quickly and was roughly held back by a very hot July that brought the cycle back to normal. The colouring of the grapes began at the end of July and lasted two weeks. The moderate temperatures in August consented a slow and regular ripening of the grapes.
Grape variety: Traminer 100%.
Grape harvest: The grapes were handpicked and put into small crates, where they were refrigerated before vinification.
Fermentation: The must obtained from the pressing was cooled to 4°C for the static decanting of the lees. After 12 hours the limpid must was racked and as soon as the temperature reached 14°C the yeasts were added. The fermentation lasted about 20 days at a temperature of 16-18°C.
Quantity produced: 2.000 bottles.
Colour: light golden yellow.
Aroma: pleasantly spicy and floral, particularly rich and complex, hints of flowers and fruit (white flesh)
Taste: fresh, sapid, fine, harmonious, well balanced and persistent.
Serve with: delicate vegetable, fish and meat dishes, and with cheese. Perfect also out of the meal as an aperitif or to accompany finger food.
Way of serving: serve cool (10°-12°C) in crystal tulip shaped wine goblets.
Storage: drink within two years from production.
Keep the bottles lying down in a dark and cool place.