Moncaro – Sangiovese IGT, Marche, 2014
This wine has a ruby-red colour with purple tints, a fruity, fragrant bouquet with hints of wild berries and a fresh, delicate taste.
Moncaro observes a single overarching philosophy for its three wine-production sites: the belief that the highest work standards and uncompromised environmental stewardship will lead to the production of high-quality wines. Twenty years’ experience in organic farming has enabled us to bring all of our vineyards under the philosophy of supervised-control viniculture and environmentally friendly practices, with rigorous attention to achieving perfect growth and crop balance in the vines. The highest work standards in the cellar and the most advanced technologies have as their objective the creation of conditions that, at all times, yield very fine wines, which are expression of their local terroir and which preserve the varietal characteristics of the grapes.
IN THE VINEYARD
research in vine growing and cultivation methods which safeguard the environment
Vineyard management practices
Classification of the vineyards, according to their soil profiles and microclimate (elevation, aspect, weather), to determine suitability to certain grape varieties and crop yield per hectare is fundamental to quality. All vineyard cultivation practices are carefully followed by the technicians that, togetehr with the over decades experience of our members, plan the management of the vine rows. Integrated pest management and sustainable viticulture are practiced for disease control. Careful winter and summer pruning ensures balanced vine growth. Excessive fruit production is managed by cluster thinning. Multiple-pass harvesting is practiced in order to gather each cluster its optimal ripeness. Decades-long familiarity with our vineyards and with their various grape varieties, as well as constant monitoring of seasonal weather conditions, allow us to plan our vinification methods and schedules before harvesting. All the grapes harvested are graded and coded according to category, sugar level, condition and yield per hectare.
Sustainable agriculture, low environmental impact & organic farming
Moncaro has begun converting to organic agriculture since 1980. Today more than 60 hectares (ca. 150 acres) are farmed and certified in accordance with IFOAM norms and EU 834/2007 and 889/2008 organic farming regulations. Furthermore, we have derived valuable experience from over 300 hectares (ca. 740 acres) farmed in accordance with EU regulation 2078 on low-environmental-impact farming, a philosophy aimed at minimising chemical usage. These vineyards are an important testing ground for sustainable viticulture practices adopted by Moncaro, which are now applied to all vineyards. Such an approach is aimed at preventing, rather than simply combating, pest attacks by utilising weather monitoring stations and by maintaining vine health so that the plant is stronger and more resistant. The results, as well as the increasing quality witnessed by all the awards received by our wines, include the return of useful insects and even wild animals to our vineyards. The sight of various species of birds, wild boars, hares and deer, even in the more intensely cultivated vineyards, is becoming more and more common.
IN THE CELLAR
cutting edge technology and methods united with a passion for wine
Moncaro oenologist Giuliano D’Ignazi directs a young and dynamic technical staff, who also benefits from the valuable assistance and collaboration of world-famous consultant Riccardo Cotarella. Thanks to technical joint efforts in the past (with Chile and Australia), Moncaro is open to the best of both wine world, the Old and the New. Among the various practices utilised there are: perfect temperature control, extensive use of gentle pressing with membrane presses, fermentation with varietal and specific yeasts and subsequent sur-lie maturation, low-temperature maceration, reductive fermentation, micro-oxygenation, drying of grapes.
Maturation of the wine is carried out in steel tanks or in oak barrels from three to eighteen months, with the Riservas up to twenty-four months. Bottling is done at the Montecarotto cellar. A state-of-the-art, automated bottling line ensures preservation of all the wine’s sensory characteristics, guaranteeing at the same time sterile conditions and wine stability. The wines are then stored in a climate-controlled warehouse that reproduces the temperatures and humidity of a natural cave. The bottles are protected from light and temperature fluctuations, ensuring ideal bottle-ageing conditions until they are ready for release.
Montravel Chateau du Fauga AC Grand Vin Blanc, 2015
Made from 100% Sauvignon. Crisp, fresh and aromatic. Old school methods rewarded by an impeccable quality.
Quinta da Alorna – Branco, Tejo, 2015
Native varieties Arinto and Fernão Pires combine to create a lively and thoroughly enjoyable vin de soif. Riper tropical notes are framed by clean citrus flavours to create a refreshing yet well-balanced wine. Enjoy as an aperitif or with sea food. To be enjoyed in its youth.
Quinta da Alorna – Rosado, Tejo, 2016
Fresh and fruity with good concentration. Juicy redcurrant and strawberry notes mingle with refreshing raspberry. This dry rose is ideal served as a sun-soaked refreshment or paired with chicken salads or sushi. To be enjoyed in its fruit-filled youth.
Rio Alto – Classic Chardonnay, Valle Central, 2014
Ripe flavours of apple and lemony fruit in this full, abundantly drinkable wine from the Aconcagua valley’s cool climate.
Río Alto Wines
The Aconcagua River begins its course in the Andes Mountains, near the highest peaks in America. As it winds down through the valley, the crystal river water flows around our hillside plantings and riverbed vines to nourish and give life to Rio Alto.
Salagόn DOC Rioja Crianza, 2013
Like all the wines produced at Hermanos Hernaiz, the style of this wine is defined by its terroir. It is made largely from the Tempranillo grape grown at several estates with soils dominated by limestone, which in Rioja is call “Salagon”. This Crianza has been aged for one year in American oak barrels, giving it soft spiciness to add to its warm fruit.
Sauternes Gold Reserve, Filhot, 1998 (37.5cl)
A delicious, fully mature Sauternes from Chateau Filhot – relabelled as Gold Reserve. The unctuous sweetness of youth is settled into a light and elegant style. Full of dried fruit and marmalade flavours. There is a little orange pith dryness on the finish.
Sauvignon “Grain d’Automne” Pay’s d’Oc IGP Domaine Bergon, 2016
This wine is sourced from vineyards near the town of Beziers. Very fresh grassy Sauvignon grape character. Full rich flavour with good acidity.
Sauvignon Blanc, Pays d’Oc IGP, Vieille Grange “Les Fines Roches”, 2015
This Sauvignon displays the classic style we all know and love. The nose is fresh and direct, with citrus fruits, fresh cut lime, grapefruit and green peppers. The palate possesses fresh acidity and crisp citrus fruits, alongside melon and lychees. The finish is crisp and lengthy.
Sentito – Pinot Grigio delle Venezie Blush, Veneto, 2015
Salmon pink colour. Light, fresh and fruity aroma. Aromatic notes of freshly crushed cranberries and mineral elements. Dry and light to taste. Delicious balance of citrus fruits, cherry and fruity red berry aromas.
Sentito – Pinot Grigio delle Venezie, Veneto, 2015
Light, straw colour. Clean and intense in aroma. Dry to taste with a pleasant green apple aftertaste. A lively and easy to drink wine.
The Winery of Good Hope – Bush Vine Chenin Blanc, 2015
Wonderfully lively, intense, fruity and beautifully balanced dry Chenin Blanc. With flavours of pears, sherbet and flint there is plenty of leesy mouthfeel and purity of fruit, whilst finishing with a refreshing lime and mineral length.
As the name suggests, this wine is the product of old bush vines, principally in the Helderberg area of Stellenbosch. They grow on extensively decomposed granite soils, situated on ocean-facing, gravelly slopes that are exposed to cooling sea breezes.
This Chenin is packed with vibrant, taut acidity, bags of fresh citrus fruit and beautiful, ripe texture – though mineral and restrained on the finish. These magnificently resilient, sturdy, old bush vines seem to produce impeccable fruit, year after year.
Ventisquero – Pinot Noir Reserva, Casablanca Valley, 2013
This elegant Reserva Pinot Noir delivers a brightly coloured ruby red wine, fruit-driven by cherry and strawberry aromas with flavours of vanilla and tobacco from aging in French oak casks.
87 Points Wine Enthusiast (2010 vintage).
“With nonaggressive, lightly oaked aromas of raspberry, tea and spice, this bargain-priced Pinot gets off to a nice start. The palate is bright and has good flow, while flavors of tomato, red plum, raspberry and saline are full but reserved.” M.S. (6/1/2012)