Il Macchione | Winery in the Montepulciano region of Tuscany. The main wines are Rosso di Montepulciano DOC and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOC.

Owners | Leonardo Abram and his brother Simone.

Staff | Consultant: Mary Ferrara.

Vineyards | Surrounding the house, on hill slopes, in the Le Caggiole sub-zone in the northern sector of Montepulciano. Soils comprise clay-loam (‘franco-argilloso’) with fossil deposits. 7ha of land in total of which 6ha of vines (100% Sangiovese): 2.5ha planted in around 2000 plus another 1.5ha more recently planted, all at 6,000 vines/ha to guyot. Also 2ha of old vines at 3,500 vines/ha on cordon..

Viticulture | ‘Organic but not certified. No herbicides or systemics’, Simone Abram told me by ‘phone on 27th Oct 2015. They use seaweed-based sprays on the vines to stimulate resistance to pests and diseases. Cover crops include beans (‘favino’) for nitrogen.

Wine production | 15,000 to 20,000 bottles Simone Abram told me by ‘phone on 27th Oct 2015.

Winery, winemaking | They inoculate the tanks with a pied de cuve made from estate grapes. Cement vats (48hl).

Red wine

Rosso di Montepulciano DOC, Il Macchione | 2012 3,000 bottles. 12 months in barrel (two-thirds of which were used). Bright, a bit international but far from being over-extracted (Anteprima 2014). | 2016 100% Sangiovese. Mix of three soil types (see above). 12 months in oak. Balanced, savoury style (Anteprima 2018).

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, Il Macchione | This ages 30 months Simone told me by ‘phone on 27th Oct 2015. | 2008 Ripe fruit, attractive tannins at the Anteprima Feb 2014. | 2009 Well weighted, nice fruit, nice tannin, well made at the Anteprima Feb 2014. | 2010 30 months in wood. 14%. Firm tannins, ripe fruit, good structure (Anteprima 2014). | 2014 Somewhat extracted (Anteprima 2018). | 2015 14.5% alc. Fluid, clear, youthful, nice flavour (Anteprima 2019).

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG Riserva, Il Macchione | This ages 40 months. | 2012 Bottled. | 2013 Rich, tannins a bit four-square tight now but nice red fruit buried deep to compensate at the Anteprima 2018, and still young (Anteprima 2019).

Sileo | Top selection of 1,000 bottles. | 2009 Made from 2 tonneaux. | 2011 Made from two tonneaux. | 2013 50m in oak. 14.5%. 1,300 bottles. Selected from 3 or 4 tonneaux. Smooth Sangiovese with very approachable new oak (Anteprima 2019).

Contact

Podere Il Macchione

Via Provinciale, 18

Gracciano

I-53045 Montepulciano (SI = Siena), Italy

Tel+39 0578.758595 | www.podereilmacchione.it