MORELLINO DI SCANSANO DOCG is a Sangiovese-based red wine from the south-west Tuscan coast, Italy. The wine is made from 85% Sangiovese, called ‘Morellino’ locally, plus 0-15% any non-aromatic black grape varieties recommended or authorised for the zone. Traditionally these were Alicante (Grenache Noir), Colorino or Aleatico, but now they are more likely to be Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Morellino di Scansano Riserva DOCG must age for years before release, of which one must be in oak, and can be released on 1 January two years after the harvest.
PRODUCTION ZONE | The production zone centres on the township of Scansano, and into parts of the neighbouring ones of Manciano, Magliano-in-Toscana, Grosseto, Campagnatico, Roccalbenga, and Semproniano, in the hills between the Ombrone and Albegna rivers in south-west Tuscany.
VINEYARD AREA & WINE PRODUCTION BY VINTAGE | 1998 370 hectares (914 acres) of vines produced 3.5 million bottles. / 2002 1,000 hectares (2,470 acres). This is the maximum size for the denomination. No more planting rights were to be authorised. 10 million bottles produced. 165 members of the consorzio of which 25 bottle wine. / 2006 From 2006 wines must be fermented and bottled in the DOC. / 2007 From the 2007 vintage Morellino di Scansano became a DOCG. / 2011 A hot vintage with no rain. / 2012 A very hot vintage with little or no rain. / 2013 A very good year potentially. / 2014 Light wines due to cool weather and rain.
WINE STYLE | ‘The wines tend to be broad, spicy and muscular, with a punchy directness of fruit…for fairly early drinking,’ says David Gleave MW (1991). ‘The wines, traditionally agreeable gluggers, are becoming more serious under DOCG, not necessarily to their advantage,’ (Oz Clarke 2015, p176).
MORELLINO DI SCANSANO WINERIES
CERTIFIED ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC PRACTICES
CERTIFIED ORGANIC | Montecivoli.
Alessio Durazzi (Direttore), Consorzio Tutela Morellino di Scanscano, Via XX Septembre, 36 / I-58054 Scansano (GR = Grosseto), Italy / Tel+39 0564.507710 / www.consorziomorellino.it.
David Gleave MW (1991), ‘Chianti & Nothing But’, Decanter Tuscany Supplement 1991 p30.
Oz Clarke, Oz Clarke Wine A-Z (Pavilion, 2015).