Ninfato is a full-bodied Sangiovese wine with a delicate cherry and red berry aroma and is produced via a completely natural process, from the moment the grapes are harvested until the product is bottled. This wine is fermented without the use of added Sulphites, thus limiting the amount present to less than 9 mg/l. For these reasons, Ninfato is a new frontier in our production system, where old Tuscan winemaking methods lead us back to a healthier and more well-balanced lifestyle.
Appellation: Toscana IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica)
Grapes of departure: 100% Sangiovese grapes from our vineyards in Vinci, Florence
Soil type: Clay, rich in minerals and potassium
Planting density: 5000 plants/ha
Growing system: Spurred cordon
Grapes: 100% Sangiovese
Vinification: Grape de-stemming and pressing without the addition of sulphites. Transfer in stainless-steel tanks under controlled temperature during the alcoholic fermentation process. The alcoholic fermentation lasts 8-10 days between 26 and 28 °C during which some remontages and delestages take place to ensure the extraction of the noble substances from the skins
Refining technique: At the end of the malolactic fermentation, the refining period of the wine goes on for about 4-5 months in stainless-steel tanks at a rather low temperature (between 10 and 12 °C). During this period, in order to ensure the tight of the aroma and the taste, the technique of batonnage with fine dregs is employed three times a week. Since the very beginning, and without the addition of any sulphites, this technique prevents the wine from uncontrolled oxidation and at the same time stimulates its longevity through the reducing power of the fresh wine dregs. The batonnage operations last until the clarification transfer for the preparation to bottling
Organoleptic characteristics: Full ruby red colour, violet border given by its richness in free anthocyanins.
Very intense bouquet to the nose, vinous and with excellent persistence of cherry and rose. Its taste is well balanced between acidity and tannins with a good structure, full-bodied and with a wrapping final
Tasting temperature: 17-18 °C
A genuine story that tastes of wine
The rare butterfly "Charaxes jasius" is particularly common on the Tyrrhenian coast, mainly on the Tuscan side, where it has found its ideal habitat. It is commonly known under the most romantic name of "Nymph of the Strawberry Tree" because it lives in the woods where those plants are and of which leaves and fruits it feeds on. The children, however, know this butterfly with a different name, the "drunken butterfly" or, more simply, "the boozer" for its habit of going to the vineyards to suck the sugary and tasty grapes. In fact, long ago, when "the boozer" copiously populated the Tuscan coasts, the children amused themselves by capturing this beautiful butterfly adopting a simple but effective trick. They used to go in the woods or in the bushes where this greedy butterfly shelters, and there they laid a little glass of wine...
Immediately attracted by the sweet nectar, "the boozer" was arriving and, its straw unrolled, started sucking the stirring drink to be back flying shortly after. At that point it was easy for children to capture the "drunken butterfly" that was put into small cages and taken home as a real trophy. Inevitably, the parents freed these graceful creatures because, with their greedy habit, they were a precious help to the farmers who knew in that way when the grapes were ripe and ready for harvest. The sense of freedom and lightness that this story recalls is the same that you get when you taste the Ninfato, an authentic wine, with limited presence of sulfites and that is light as the "Nymph of the Strawberry Tree".