Morellino di Scansano Poggio Morino
Morellino di Scansano DOCG is an Italian red wine made in the hilly regions near the village of Scansano, in the Maremma area of coastal Tuscany, which has an ancient but obscure tradition of winemaking. Morellino is the local name for the Sangiovese grape variety. Many people think that the name Morellino comes from Morello (brown), the colour of the region’s horses. The name may also come from the morello cherry, a dark red cherry with great tartness and acidity. It must be at least 85% Sangiovese, which is also the basis of the Tuscan wines Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The remaining15% can comprise any non-aromatic black grape varieties included in a list made and periodically updated by Tuscan wine authorities. Made from Sangiovese and Syrah, the bouquet is fresh, with notes of violet and ripe red fruits, while its flavour is full, fruity and well balanced. The grapes are harvested on reaching full ripeness and are de-stalked on the harvesting wagons before being delivered to stainless steel tanks, where fermentation begins. Maceration lasts for around 15 days before the wine is separated from the skins. 4 months ageing in oak barrels and a further 3 to 4 months ageing in bottles.