Ansonica (known as Insolia in Sicily) has been grown for centuries in the southern Maremma, on the Tuscany coast. The vine is probably Greek in origin, and can survive the long, dry summers, light sandy soil and burning sun. Its thick-skinned grapes turn golden yellow in September, in time for the harvest. Ansonica produces elegant wines with great length. “For me, Ansonica means the sea,” says winemaker Alberto Motta.
Area of production: Maremma, Tuscany
Producer: Alberto Motta
Grape varieties: 100% Ansonica
Altitude: 30 m above sea level near the Tuscan coast
Soil type: sandy loam
Harvest period: end of September, by hand, into small boxes
Vinification: grapes cooled to 5˚ C before crushing, maceration on skins for 48 hours; fermentation 70% in stainless steel, 30% in large used barrels.
Maturation: 12 months on the lees (in both tanks and tonneaux), followed by 6 months in concrete tanks after blending the batches.
Alcohol content: 13% abv
Appearance: straw yellow.
Nose: exotic fruits, Mediterranean herbs, balsamic notes
Palate: soft, saline, savoury
Food pairings: fish, sushi and shellfish, vegetable soups.
Serving temperature: 10 - 12°CEnquire Now View Producer