"Amore e Follia"
IGT Rosso Toscana
2018

Podere Le Ripi

It was 1998 when Francesco Illy, internationally known for the quality of the coffee produced by his family, bought a farm called Le Ripi, until then inhabited by a shepherd and his flock. An uncontaminated place, characterized by fertile soil and wonderful biodiversity. Difficult to describe in words the beauty of the landscape.

Francesco has an artistic vision of life, but above all he has a vision. He therefore decided to surround himself with a young, dreamy and enthusiastic team, led by the winemaker and managing director Sebastian Nasello and the agronomist Alessandro Riccò.

The design of the wine cellar built according to organic principles, the biodynamic management of the vineyards, the attention to eco-sustainability, the constant research that actively involves all members, experiments such as the famous 'bonsai' vineyard, and the whimsical character of which Francesco Illy has been able to permeate the environment, making Podere Le Ripi one of the most avant-garde Italian companies at an international level.

 

Total area planted with vines:  33 hectares / 77 acres

Annual production of the company:  70.000 bottles

Grapes owned by the winery:  100%

43.50 €

incl. VAT

Grape varieties: Syrah 100%

Soil composition: clayish and limestone

Altitude of the vineyards: 300 metres (985 feet) a.s.l.

Average age of the vines: 18 years

Growing system: spurred cordon

Density: 6600 plants per hectare

Fertilizers: compost, cover crops, biodynamic preparation

Plant protection products: sulphur and copper

Weeding: mechanic

Yeasts: indigenous

Average annual production: 20.000 bottles

Certification: organic

Refinement: 24 months ageing in oak barrels and a minimum ageing of 6 months in bottle

Colour: deep ruby red with elegant orange shadows

Nose: spicy and intense smell of black fruits, undergrowth, pine wood with a hint of white rose and jasmine

Palate: distinctive texture of well-bounds tannins paired with a great minerality, a slight bitterness develops as after-taste

Alcohol content: 14,5% Vol

Ideal serving temperature: 16 - 18 °C / 60 - 64 °F

Matching: meat main courses, roasted meat

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