Seller: rarewinemerchant (124) 100%, Location: Artarmon, Ships to: AU, Item: 142180938853 HOTLINE: 0409 121 151 Cataldi Madonna Montepulciano dAbruzzo Malandrino Rosso DOC 2012 Cataldi Madonna Montepulciano dAbruzzo Malandrino Rosso DOC 2012 Cataldi Madonna Montepulciano dAbruzzo Malandrino Rosso DOC 2012 VINEYARD Macerone and Collelungo: Pergola trellising of plantings from 1970 with a planting density of 1,012 vines/acre and spalliera trellising of plantings from 2001 with a planting density of 2,023 vines/acre at 1,245 feet above sea level. Campogagliano and Picolle: Spalliera trellising of plantings from 2004 with a planting density of 2,023 vines/acre at 1,475-1,575 feet above sea level. Cona and Frontone: Spalliera trellising of plantings from 2004 with a planting density of 1,052-2,023 vines/acre at 1,245 feet above sea level. Yield of 32-36 ql/acre. WINERY Maceration varies from 18 to 21 days, depending on the vintage, with periodic pumping over and delestage. Following fermentation and malolactic fermentation, the wines ages, part in stainless steel and part in cement. WINE The 2012 Malandrino represents a turning point at Cataldi Madonna. The goal of this shift is a great wine uncontaminated by oak. The production of this Malandrino is centered around the winery’s historic cement tanks, which have been carefully restored. The result is a sharp and crisp Malandrino which initially shows notes of sour cherry that evolved to ripe, black cherry. On the palate, this wine is quite fresh and dangerously easy to drink while retaining its complexity and flavor. A wine for every meal, Malandrino effortlessly pairs with the Abruzzese cuisine. Cataldi Madonnas two Pecorino bottlings rank among Italys best whites (especially the old-vine bottling: the 2008 and 2010 are marvels); and the rather creamy, fruity Trebbiano dAbruzzo is also at the top of Italys quality white wine heap Though there are now many award -winning wines from Abruzzo (sometimes inexplicably, given whats in the glass), the quality of Cataldi Madonnas efforts are light-years ahead of most everyone else in the region. Ian D’Agata, Italys Rising Stars, Decanter, Apr. 2013 Cataldi Madonna is one of the very finest estates in Italy. The wines are varietally expressive, full of personality and beautifully crafted. Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate #205, Feb. 2013 Antonio Cataldi Madonna is an amazing success story and the maker of some of Italy’s greatest white wines of today, he is correctly regarded by wine experts as one of the top wineries not just of Abruzzo, but Italy as well. The merits for a similar rise to stardom must go to his son Luigi, who followed in his father’s footsteps at the estate, founded in 1920. Though Antonio launched the estate into the modern era with his arrival in 1968 (he replanted the vineyards, renovated the buildings and the technical equipment), it is Luigi, aided by star consultant winemaker Lorenzo Landi, who has really put Cataldi Madonna on the map by believing in the native grape variety Pecorino, from which he crafts what is arguably one of Italy’s top ten white wines. Luigi is very keen on trying to preserve and to develop the specific regional characteristics of the wines and it is to his credit that his Trebbiano d’Abruzzo has also never been better; indeed the 2011 is the best ever made at the estate. The winery has its seat in Ofena, a small town in Italy’s Abruzzo region at an altitude of about 400 meters above sea level. Ofena is located on the slopes of the Gran Sasso massif, in a mountain valley traditionally known as “the oven of Abruzzo”. Thanks to the extraordinary solar exposure and to high variations in temperature, as well as the specific character of the soil, the area is particulary suited for viticulture. Montepulciano has been cultivated since ancient times, and production received further impulse at the end of the 16th century when Francesco de’ Medici, grand-duke of Toscana, pushed for intensification of wine production in this area. The vineyards presently comprise more than 27 hectares, seven of which date back to the 1968 plantings, whereas the others were more recently replanted. The grape varieties are: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, and the local Pecorino. For all these different grapes the yields per hectare are very contained. 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