The grapes in our Montauto Silio Ciliegiolo come from vineyards that are from 10 to 15 years old in the southern part of the Grosseto province, in the inland parts Maremma. The soil is predominantly clay and stone and the vineyards experience sharp temperature variations between day and night. Grapes are harvested on mid-September. Then fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature of 18° C. Maceration on the grape skins for about 15 days and after that refining for the 20% in tonneaux and for the 80% in stainless steel for about 10 months.
The wine is ruby red in color, bright and medium-bodied. This wine has elegant and intense aromas that are typical of the grape variety. Pleasant floral notes can be perceived, as well as fruit notes like cherry that impart a pleasant and fine fragrance. It is dry and fresh on the palate, with firm acidity and medium tannin content. It has a well-balanced structure on the whole, delivering long-lasting flavor, and is a pleasure to drink.
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.