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Strada vicinale delle Rovine - Castiglione D'Orcia (SI)

La Nascosta is a winery located on the slopes of the medieval village of Castiglione d'Orcia, in the southern part of the province of Siena, in the heart of the Val d'Orcia.


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Denomination: Toscana IGT Chardonnay Alcohol Content: 14% Vol.
Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay

Vineyard of production: 

The Chard’Ó relies on the exclusive use of a great white grape variety, the Chardonnay. Like all the wines of La Nascosta, it is produced from the Estate vineyards, in the heart of the Val d’Orcia, at an altitude of about 410 meters. The vineyard, of about 1.6 hectares, is oriented East/West. It stands on clayey soils, very rich in calcareous lithoids and sediments of marine origin from the Mio-Pliocene age, but also in volcanic rocks linked to the Pleistocene activity of Monte Amiata. The characteristics of the soil and the techniques of precision used to achieve the highest quality result in a very low yield, of between 45 and 60 quintals per hectare.

Vinification and Aging: 

The timing of the grape harvest can vary slightly from year to year, so as to coincide with the period of optimal maturation of the Chardonnay. The harvested grapes are cooled to 8°C (46.4°F) and then immediately processed in order to preserve all the varietal aromas. The fermentation takes place partly in steel vats and partly in 500-liter French oak tonneaux. Only the part vinified in tonneaux also undergoes the malolactic fermentation. The refinement takes place on large lees, with batonnages initially done on a daily basis and, then, weekly, for about three months. The wine then matures for another five months, again in 500-liter tonneaux, at controlled temperature and humidity. The woods used for the fermentation and aging are chosen carefully together with the tonnelleries, resulting in the selection of French oaks with an ad hoc roasting aimed to achieve a right balance. After nine months of aging in wood and steel, the Chard’Ó is given another six months of refinement in bottle, at controlled temperature and humidity and in the absence of light.

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visit the cellar

In its suggestive architecture, it offers a way of understanding the winemaking process adopted by the company.

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