Tenuta Sant’ Antonio
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>> Tenuta Sant’ Antonio (Veneto/Valpollicella)
The four Castagnedi brothers have catapulted their father’s vineyard holdings into a state of the art full wine producing facility enabling them to exploit to the fullest the 100 hectares of vines they own. Growing Corvinone, Corvina and Rondinella for their reds and Garganega, Trebbiano and Chardonnay for their whites, they are producing model examples of Valpollicella, Amarone and Soave. The single vineyard Amarone della Valpollicella Campo dei Gigli heads the range, although in certain years a Riserva, Lilium Est, is produced but this has not been tasted. The Campo dei Gigli is vinified in new open 500-litre French oak casks, in temperature-controlled premises. Harvesting is done by double hand selection in trays. Fermentation is achieved by natural alcohol with hand punching-down for about 30-40 days in wooden barrels. Malolactic fermentation takes place naturally in 500 litre casks. Bâtonnage is done once a week for the first year. The wine then spends 3 years in new French oak before bottling and release. The result is a wine of considerable power and body which can cellar for up to 20 years.
Three Valpollicellas are made – their regular Nanfré, Superiore La Bandina and a Ripasso, Monti Garbi. La Bandina is well balanced without the intensity of the Amarone, of course, but nevertheless the two years it spends in 500 litre French oak casks ensures long keeping abilities. Three Soaves are also produced, the entry level Fontana and the Monte Ceriani Cru are unoaked, whilst the Vecchie Vigne has the benefit of 6 months in oak and is rounded, full and aromatic. (NB)
Amarone della Valpolicella Campo dei Gigli ★★★★ £F
Valpolicella Superiore La Bandina ★★★ £D
Soave Vecchie Vigne ★★✩ £D
Ownership and Contact
Via Monti Garbi, San Bricco, 37030 Lavagno (VR)
Tel: +39 045 7650383
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