Vintage – 2015
A fresh, balanced and citrussy wine with aromas of white flowers, apple and candied pear.
Castello Pomino is the hidden gem of Toscana. Pomino DOC is the highest appellation in Tuscany, with intense sunshine and wide temperature ranges and only one other producer makes wine from this tiny appellation. The wine-making story began in Pomino in the 16th century, but it was in the mid 1800s that Leonia degli Albizzi, wife of Angiolo Frescobaldi brought about significant innovation. Born in Burgundy, she boldly cultivated Chardonnay and Pinot Nero at this high altitude and built the first gravity-fed winery. The vines thrived and the elegant Pomino wines were produced to wide acclaim, first receiving the gold medal at the Paris Expo of 1878. These stylish wines still have a wonderful luminosity, minerality and finesse to this day
The castle of Pomino is found in the Apennine Mountains to the east of Florence. Its vineyard is the highest in Tuscany, at altitudes of up to 737 metres above sea level, and it enjoys a fresh and well-ventilated microclimate. The Frescobaldi family first planted Chardonnay here in 1855. After a century and a half, this variety has found its ideal habitat and produces wines of extraordinary elegance, finesse and minerality. The current vines have an average age of 21 years and are grown in sandy, clay soils of good depth.
As soon as the grapes arrive in the cellar, they, and the resulting must, have the least contact with oxygen possible. The pressing cycles are chosen to allow for a gentle extraction of the must. Alcoholic fermentation takes place in steel vats with 15% in French oak barriques to add subtle complexity, all at controlled temperatures. At the end of the production process, Pomino Bianco is aged in the bottle for a few months prior to release.
A delicate and elegant wine with gentle floral aromas combined with fruity notes of sweet Williams pear, apple, grapefruit and fragrant lemon. Perfectly balanced on the palate, with a lovely freshness underpinning the green fruit flavours through to an aromatic and persistent finish.
A fine apéritif wine; serve with vegetarian antipasti, or rich fish such as salmon.
Chardonnay 90%, Pinot Bianco 10%
Winemaker: Nicolò d’Afflitto
Sub region: Pomino
Dry/Sweet value: 2 (1 is dry, 7 is very sweet)
Residual Sugar: 4.2
Contains Sulphites: Yes
Formats Available: 75cl
Closure: Agglomerated Cork