The Pakravan-Papi estate is situated at the starting point of the hills encircling the coastal plain of “Northern Maremma”. located on the site of an old farm which, in a distant and nearly forgotten past, was a land of wine. With time, it turned into wilderness as the Mediterranean scrubland took over.
It was a challenge for Amineh Pakravan and Enzo Papi to recover the original vocation of this territory and revive it with the help of new technologies, while fully respecting tradition. The pre-conditions for the cultivation of grapes were there: the micro-climate dominated by the sunshine and the breeze from the Mediterranean, variegated and complex soils with a wealth of minerals, gentle and well exposed slopes.
Clones of Sangiovese piccolo were obtained on the estate from the ancient rows of vines running along the edge of the olive groves. Planted on a soil of clay and “palombini” cobbles, Sangiovese piccolo ruled the vineyards of Chianti. It probably reached this area with the farmers who first settled here in the 18th century. Today , Sangiovese grosso is more sapid and smoother than Sangiovese piccolo and has replaced it in the Montalcino region. But Pakravan Papi chose to respect and re-confirm the complex aromas and elegance of Sangiovese piccolo. Because of the micro-climate in this area, Sangiovese piccolo acquires a significant body which anhances sapidity and insures long-term aging, a true vocation for Bordeaux strains.
Planting Bordeaux varieties soon appeared a crucial choice, confirmed by their success in nearby Bolgheri. Cabernet and Merlot clones were embedded on south-facing plots, with soils formed by the gradual disintegration of igneous rock of high mineral content, allowing for limited yields. This result confers a structure and aroma to the wines that are typically Mediterranean and quite distinct from their Bolgheri siblings.
The grapes are rigorously hand-picked and the yield of each vineyard, even when of a single variety, is harvested and processed separately.
After a passage in oak, to obtain the best expression of each vintage, the wine is assembled.
Beccacciaia 2009 The vineyard that produces Beccaccia lies on gentle southward slope swept by sea breeze. The density is 5,500 vines/hectare trellissed to obtain a good canopy. Pruning reduces the annual growth to a few buds to obtain a good balance between the scarcity of water and the quantity of grapes produced. Annual yield does not exceed 5 tons/hectare
The wine thus obtained presents a wealth of tannins and aroma. The high mineral content of the soil gives a particular complexity to the wine, with prevailing tones of red cherry and a balsamic note that makes for a good balance between tannic structure and high alcohol volume
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