The grapes in our Montauto Enos I come from 40-year-old vineyards in the southern part of the Grosseto province, in the inland parts of Maremma. The soil is predominantly clay and stone and the region experiences sharp temperature variations between day and night. When the grapes are ripe, they are selected and harvested manually. The grape harvest takes place during the last ten days of August, starting early in the morning in order to guarantee a cool temperature when the grapes are brought to the wine cellar, lowering the risk of undesired fermentation.
The wine is intensely straw-colored and crystalline, with a light greenish shimmer. It has a fine and intense aroma and expresses the typical aroma notes of the grape variety: fresh citrus peel (especially lime), white pulp fruits, aromatic herbs such as laurel and marjoram and a delicate floral bouquet in the finish. This is a dry fresh wine with a delicate body. The perfect balance between mild and strong notes is striking. It maintains in its elegant structure the vibrant citrus flavor, with typical savory notes in the finish, long and complex with remarkable overall harmony.
Tenuta Montauto is in Manciano, Luisa’s hometown. Owner Riccardo Lepri was a classmate of Luisa’s, and his parents were her English teacher and driver’s ed instructor, so our history with them goes way back. The winery has been in the Lepre family for almost 60 years. (“Lepre” means “hare” in Italian, which is why you’ll see one on every label.) The vineyards are farmed organically and hand-harvested, with careful attention to quality at every stage of production.
Montauto makes wine in an old-school way, avoiding the “international style” of big, oaky, opaque wines that often lack a sense of place. By fermenting in stainless steel, or using a small amount of old oak, Montauto’s wines let the grapes express themselves clearly. Their careful selection and handling of the fruit results in elegant, food-friendly wines with distinctive characteristics from the volcanic soil and maritime microclimate of Maremma.
The estate enjoys excellent soil (clay rich in rocks such as quartz), and a proximity to the sea, both ideal for the production of great white wines. Great attention is placed on bringing cleanliness, freshness and minerality to the wine. Mantauto makes elegant, drinkable, healthy wines with low levels of sulphur, a defined aroma, and rich in natural complexity.