Voltumna, organic estate within the Chianti Rùfina DOCG in Tuscany which chooses to bottle its wines under the Toscana IGT.
Owners | Collectively owned. In 2012 Marzio Politi and his wife, plus another couple who were already working for the estate, took over its management and farmed it as a co-operative, naming the project Voltumna, an Etruscan goddess of the soil and the earth and from which is derived the Italian word for luck (‘la fortuna’). From the beginning, the vineyard had been managed biodynamically under the guidance of Michele Lorenzetti. In 2013 Leonello Anello was consulting here, it appears.
Terroir, Vineyards | The vines are located between the Apennines to the north and the Valle di Mugello to the south. Most of the vines were planted in 2000, in Frascole, in Dicomano. The oldest vines are Sangiovese dating from the 1980s. There are 5ha in total, of which 1.8ha is Sangiovese (in 5 contiguous plots, all with different exposures, sheltered by Monte Giove to the south and turning west along the Mugello), 1.6ha of Pinot Noir (two distinct plots), 0.8ha of Pinot Gris (the youngest vineyard, overlooking the head of the Sieve river to the west and to the south the point where the Sieve joins the Arno) and 0.5ha of old, mixed plantings. | Altitude is around 250-300 metres. | Climate Cool winds come from the Adriatic to east. | Soil Galestro-based clay.
Certification | 2007 First vintage with full organic certification.
Winemaking | Fermentation in stainless steel. Malolactic in wood (old barrels which were used by the previous management, but being replaced by wooden botti.
Toscana Rosso IGT, Zeno | 2010 From young vines: Sangiovese planted in 2006 with some Pinot Noir (planted 2005). Both fermented apart and aged two years in steel and then blended. 13.5%. 82ppm sulfur dioxide. 5,450 bottles. Bit stringy, warm and thin at Vinitaly 9th April 2013.
Toscana Rosso IGT, Querciolo | Sangiovese planted in 2000. Surrounded by evergreen oaks which the wine is said to smell of. | 2010 100% Sangiovese. Hand picked. Fermented in steel. Pied de cuve taken from an old Tuscan vineyard planted with Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Colorino. 18m in barrel (2nd and 3rd fill). 13.5%. 66ppm sulfur dioxide. 1,350 bottles. Decent if a bit warm at Vinitaly 9th April 2013.
Toscana Rosso IGT, Pinot Nero | From two vineyards planted in 2005 at the highest point of the estate but on quite different soils. | 2010 18m in barrel. 14.5%. 64ppm sulfur dioxide. 2,880 bottles.
Voltumna scarl, Via Frascole, I-50062 Dicomano (FI=Firenze), Italy