MANTELLASSI is an estate winery in the Morellino di Scansano DOCG in Tuscany, Italy. The estate was bought by the Mantellassi family in the 1960s and they remain its owners today. After Ezio Mantellassi passed away, his two sons, Aleardo [married to Silvana] and Giuseppe took over.

VINEYARDS The estate comprises 120 hectares (296 acres) of land. There were originally 20 hectares (74 acres) of vines plus cows (until the late 1980s) and sheep (until the mid-1990s) but the focus is now on vines, of which there are 60 hectares (acres). The main variety is Sangiovese. The soils are stony with large boulders.

WHITE WINES

TOSCANA BIANCO DOC, LUCAMONE Named after a local Etruscan lord. Pure Vermentino.

TOSCANA BIANCO DOC, SASSOBIANCO Trebbiano and Malvasia with a little Ansonica.

RED WINES

TOSCANA ROSSO DOC, QUERCIOLAIA 1999 100% Alicante (Grenache).

MORELLINO DI SCANSANO DOCG RISERVA, MANTELLASSI 1999 85% Morellino (Sangiovese) plus Canaiolo, Grenache Noir and Malvasia Nera. 15 months in 15-hl oak vats.

MORELLINO DI SCANSANO DOCG RISERVA, LE SENTINELLE Sangiovese plus small amounts of Alicante (Grenache Noir), grown in their highest vineyards (terreno tufaceo calcareo) in Magliano in Toscana. Barrel aged. 1997 85% Morellino (Sangiovese), 15% Alicante (Grenache Noir). Lots of new oak but lots of very ripe, refreshing black fruit with an appealing bitter twist in 2002.1Tasted with Laure on Friday 23rd August 2002 in Burghley Road.

MORELLINO DI SCANSANO DOCG RISERVA, SAN GIUSEPPE 2003 85% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon,  Malvasia Nera and Canaiolo Nero. The CS dominates, a suspicion of greeness but overall clean and smooth in early 2005.2Tasted at Argiano winery in Montalcino 03 March 2005.

CONTACT Fattoria Mantellassi, Loc Banditaccia, 26 / I-58051 Magliano in Toscana (GR = Grosseto), Italy / Tel+39 0564.592037 Website www.fatt-mantellassi.it