Fattoria le Pupille Saffredi 2020
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PRODUCER: Elisabetta Geppetti is a woman of exceptional energy, determination and vision. She was only 20 years old when, in 1985 she first took the reins at her family’s tiny 2 hectare property near Pereta in the Scansano zone. It was a time when Tuscan wines were at a low ebb, those of Scansano almost nonexistent – and women winemakers were practically unheard of. As a student, Elisabetta believed that this unique region held the key to producing wines with fabulous potential. Her understanding of the land and her love of wine combined with her skill and tenacity are responsible for Le Pupille, a winery that has become a synonym for quality and a pioneer of excellence. The original wine made here was Morellino di Scansano which, to this day, remains the mainstay of production. With her steadfast vision, Elisabetta added an international aspect to the estate which manifested itself in the Maremma’s first Super Tuscan, the Cabernet-based Saffredi which was first released in 1989. Other innovations followed soon after, though Elisabetta was careful to keep her international varieties separate from her Sangiovese based wines. The most important addition to the range following Saffredi was the single vineyard Poggio Valente. Elisabetta is truly an undisputed star of the Italian wine scene having spent 3 decades tirelessly promoting her beloved Morellino di Scansano region and outstanding estate, whilst also finding the time to raise 5 children. A power house of talent and one of Tuscany’s wine royalty, one cannot fail to be enchanted by her superb wines.
WINE MAKING: Grapes grown on south-west and south-east vineyards with sandstone and clay soil. Vines are cordon trained – old vineyard, guyot – new vineyard. Fermentation takes place between 26 degree Celsius in steel tanks. Wine is macerated with skins for 25 days. Ageing takes place in 80% new barriques for 18 months
TASTING NOTE: Impressive aromas of fresh herbs from the Tuscan coast, such as sage, mint, rosemary and thyme. Blackcurrants, too. Full-bodied with fine, chewy tannins that show beautiful length and consistency.