Tenuta Buon Tempo is an estate in Località Oliveto in the hamlet of Castelnuovo dell’Abate in the south-eastern part of the Montalcino region, Tuscany, Italy. It produces Sant’Antimo DOC, Rosso di Montalcino DOC and Brunello di Montalcino DOCG.
Owner: Mr. Per Landin, Swedish and former producer in France in the Bordeaux region, is engaging in large investments both in the vineyard and in the cellar for uncompromising research of the highest quality. The company team, led by Alberto Machetti, is assisted by the collaboration of great wine and agronomic professionals such as the couple formed by Attilio Pagli and Stefano Bartolomei.
Background: In 1994 the estate–at that time called Tenuta Oliveto and completely abandoned–was purchased by Aldemaro Machetti. Machetti hired Roberto Cipresso as consultant. In 1997 the first Brunello di Montalcino DOCG and Rosso di Montalcino DOC ‘Il Roccolo’ wines were made. In 1998 the first Rosso di Toscana Il Leccio was made. In 2002, when the whole vineyard was in production, the first Brunello di Montalcino DOCG ‘Castelnovo’ and Rosso di Montalcino DOC ‘Castelnovo’ wines were made. In 2012 Aldemaro Machetti sold the estate to investors from Panama called Soleya International Corporation di Panama. They changed the estate name from Tenuta Oliveto to Tenuta Buon Tempo. They seem to have retained the services of Machetti’s son, Alberto Machetti.
Consultants: Roberto Cipresso to 2012. Niccolò d’Afflito in 2013. Attilio Pagli in 2014 – at Benvenuto Brunello 2015 Alberto Machetti told me they were happy to have Pagli so as to get more consistency of style and more terroir character into the wines.
Estate vineyards: The vineyards are all situated around the villa and winery cellar, at an average altitude of 350 m above sea level, with south-easterly exposure. Soils are described as ferroso’ (iron-rich) with galestro and sandstone (‘arenarie’), with a rich presence of heavy stone and considerable variability even within a very short distance. The only grape variety grown is Sangiovese. | 2014 In early 2014 the Tenuta Buon Tempo website said the estate comprised 26 hectares of land, 12ha of which were vineyards divided thus: 4.62ha of Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, 5.5ha of Rosso di Montalcino DOC, and 1.72 ha of Sant’Antimo DOC.
Wine production: Around 65,000 bottles (website 2014).
Winery: The Tenuta Buon Tempo cellar combines state-of-the-art vinification technology with a traditional structure situated entirely under the ground. The barrel cellar houses 150 French oak tonneaux in which the Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino wines age.
Rosso di Montalcino DOC: 2011 20,000 bottles. Made by the previous owner (as Tenuta Oliveto). Somewhat metallic, green acid, toffee (Anteprima 2014). | 2012 17,600 bottles. 12 months in 500-litre tonneaux, 12 months in steel or botti. Sweet bright, some funk, bit of varnish too maybe (Anteprima 2015).
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG: 2009 3,300 bottles. Feisty alcohol burn (Anteprima 2014). | 2010 21,000 bottles. 25% new oak overall. 50% aged in new 500-litre tonneaux and 50% aged in 60hl botti for 24 months. Nice limpid colour, meaty fruit, simple tannins (Anteprima 2015). | 2014 14% alc. Fermented in stainless steel. Aged 3 years botti grandi and tonneaux. Odd, evolved, stalky, rather dry and thin, signs of VA (Anteprima 2019).
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Alta: 2010 Debut. 6,600 bottles. Aged 50% in new oak for 24-36 months. Youthful oak, soft fruit (Anteprima 2015).
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, P. 56: The name refers to the plot number on the official land registry, the estate’s highest plot, and planted with its oldest vines. | 2013 100% Sangiovese. 14.5% alc. Fermented in stainless steel, temperature controlled, wild yeast. 6 weeks on skins ‘a cappello sommerso’ or submerged cap. 3 years in oak vats (20-35hl). Unfiltered.
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva, Tenuta Oliveto | 2000 Deepish colour but flagging, dirty-tasting fruit (Anteprima 2005). | 2006 Produced.
Agritourism: The Villa Oliveto. Can house 12 people (pool etc).
Tenuta del Buon Tempo s.r.l.
Tenuta Buon Tempo
Località Oliveto, Castelnuovo dell’Abate
I-53024 Montalcino (SI = Siena), Italy