Toscana Rosso IGT “Foglia Tonda” 2014 – Podere Gualandi
Garnet red color. On the nose it is intense; the dominant fruity scents follow floral aromas of rose and geranium, then close spicy notes. On the palate it is a full-bodied wine with velvety tannins. Balanced and persistent.
The Foglia Tonda grapes of Toscana Rosso IGT “Foglia Tonda” are grown at an altitude of 300 m on alberese soil. The harvest begins with manual weeding, the elimination of too many buds and the shredding of the grass (the vines are grassed). The vineyard is completely hand-worked without the use of tractors and has a density of 10,000 plants per hectare. A selection of the grapes is made in August and September with hand picking using the traditional bigonce. The grapes are pressed by hand and then fermented with all the stems for about 20 days, the must is then passed through a fabric to filter it. At the end of the fermentation the Toscana Rosso IGT “Foglia Tonda” Podere Gualandi is transferred to the barriques for about 24 months and then bottled. The barrels and barriques are rolled continuously to keep the dregs in motion. No machinery is used in the process, everything is rigorously done by hand, including bottling.
NOTES: wine included in the “Interpretations” project.
“From the passion for history and archeology arises the desire to produce wine inspired not only by modern enological knowledge, but also by many of the winemaking techniques present in the ancient Tuscan tradition. The soils are composed as follows: Pleistocene and alberese clay-sandy. In the vineyard each plant produces a maximum of 900 grams of grapes and the vines are kept together with the alberello method, low spurred cordon or guyot for the old vines. For one hectare, the overall average yield does not exceed 60 quintals. of the vine they are hand-hooped and the plants are treated with Bordeaux mixture.The wine is made using the same traditional methods used in the past in large parts of Tuscany.For this reason, inside the cellars, modern technologies are almost completely banned and the materials used are the same as those that were used fifty or a hundred years ago.The fermentation of the must takes place in open truncated cones or in Italian Slavonian oak barrels. ” GUIDO GUALANDI
The art of “making wine”, Podere Gualandi use a method to intervene in the winemaking process as little as possible so that the “terroir” can express itself fully.
The wines are the result of thorough and careful research as well as hard work and dedication. The focus on rediscovering grapes of the region and applying ancient wine-making processes with a modern twist means these new wines offer the palate unique flavours of the past.
All it takes is one sip of Guido Gualandi’s wine to realize that they are the product of dedicated personal passion.
Guido Gualandi is an archaeologist specialising in Mesopotamian art, he has studied extensively ancient winemaking processes from the ancient Mediterranean. He is also a painter and Professor of History of Food and Wine in the Mediterranean. His wines are a reflection of his passion for history and for the land and nature of Tuscany.
He combines traditional Tuscan wine-making techniques, the ones that others have left behind for more industrial production methods, with a modern understanding of the wine-making process to produce a variety of unique wines.
Produced without the use of modern machinery, leaving aside industrial methods, these wines’ roots reach back centuries to Tuscany’s past.
Unlike current wines, which are made following modern canons of wine-making and too often result in similar flavours produced all over the world,
Gualandi seeks to offer you a genuine taste experience that remains faithful to the tradition of the land, the vineyards and the grapes that grow there. Guido specialises in old Tuscan grape variety such as Foglia Tonda, Pugnitello and old variety of Sangiovese such as the “abrusco”. These grape varieties were abandoned more than a century ago but thanks to the University of Florence have been re-discovered.