MONTECIVOLI is an organic estate winery in the Morellino di Scansano region of Tuscany, Italy.
BACKGROUND | The Montecivoli estate was born in the early 1900s as a podere mezzadrile of the Tenuta Vivarelli, a family who transformed the woodlands here to farmland. The farmhouse (‘casa calonica’) is pink, a colour made by adding iron oxide to the mortar. In 1992 two friends, Decio Oberholtzer and Francesco Prosperetti, took over the estate, went organic, began reforesting 15 hectares, renovating the old olive grove and in 1999 planting a vineyard.
CONTACT | Agronomist: Leonardo Prosperetti. Olives: Maurizio Castelli. Oenologist: Gabriele Gadenz.
VINEYARDS | 2015 11 hectares of which 10.5ha Sangiovese and 0.5ha Alicante Bouschet. Planted in 1999 in land already certified organic (see below) and at a time when others were fixated on high vine density irrigated plantings and international varieties. Here the vines are at 3,500 vines/ha and are dry farmed so the vines can really express the differences between each growing season (vintage). Massal selections were used when replanting.
ORGANIC CERTIFICATION | 1992 First year with full organic certification (at this time the land was given to arable crops rather than vines).
MORELLINO DI SCANSANO DOCG | 2010 Debut. The first wine they bottled, previously the grapes were sold to other producers. 95% Sangiovese + 5% Alicante. 5,000 bottles. Nice weight, wild at Vinitaly 8th April 2013. Openknit, very savoury, elegant, nice length, very good at Vinitaly 24th March 2015. / 2011 7,500 bottles. Quite open, less colour compared to 2012, elegant, creamy, crisp and sapid at Vinitaly 24th March 2015. / 2012 A more tannic vintage compared to 2013, with more extract. 7,500 bottles. Very good, lots of extract, closed, dense tannin at Vinitaly 24th March 2015. / 2013 9 months in 4-5 year-old barrels and 9 months in steel. 12,000 bottles (but not yet bottled). Lovely ripe fruit & tannin at Vinitaly 24th March 2015.
Montecivoli Soc. Agricola, Loc. Poderone di Montiano / I-58015 Magliano in Toscana (GR = Grosseto), Italy / www.montecivoli.it