The Prugnolo Gentile grapes for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG “Salco” Salcheto are grown on the most mature plots in the vineyards of the estate: ‘Salco’ (2 ha/5 acres) and ‘Laghetto’ (3,5 ha/8 acres). This clone of Sangiovese Prugnolo Gentile ripens easily and allows for beautifully intense aromas and flavours. It is aged in oak for 24 months (30% in botti and 70% in tonneaux) and refines in bottle for up to 4 years before release.
Salcheto is named after the Salcheto stream that runs through this hilly, 21 hectare property. Located in the heart of Montepulciano, Salcheto is dedicated to Sangiovese in the clonal guise of Prugnolo Gentile: the soul of Vino Nobile. Prugnolo Gentile differs from other Sangiovese clones in Tuscany offering softer, more plum-like flavours than the usual black cherry. If we are allowed a sweeping generalisation, Prugnolo Gentile provides a mid-ground between the robustness of Brunello and the elegance of Chianti. Under the management of Michele Manelli, Salcheto has become the epitome of environmental efficiency. It is the first estate in the whole of Italy to be fully self-sustainable and their energy independent cellars are a model of innovation and efficiency. Even the bottles they use are the lightest and most economically friendly bottles available! All Salcheto’s wines are made without the use of sulphites and fermented using indigenous yeasts. The Vino Nobile’s are made from 100% Prugnolo Gentile, while their Chianti contains Prugnolo Gentile, Canaiolo, and Mammolo. And more recently they have released a range of natural wines under the label ‘Obvius’. Salcheto’s range all share accuracy, a great deal of finesse, and phenomenal drinkability.