Taking its name from an aromatic wild herb, our Brunello di Montalcino Helichrysum comes from the highest vineyards on the San Polino site. It is always elegant, opulent and structured.
South facing vineyard at 450 metres. Sandy loam and volcanic soil mix, with marl veins.
The winter saw cold night-time temperatures but rarely below freezing. This was followed by an early spring with many days of bright sunshine interspersed with at least 7 days rain per month, very good for the soils and replenishing water for the vines. Summer started early with a warm June, hot July and August following through to the end of September. Luckily at San Polino we caught the few storms that there were, with no hail damage. The rain bought relief to the vines, giving them strength for their last lap before harvest.
spontaneous, on indegenous yeasts in tronic oak vats
3 days at 12°C pre-fermentation, 40 days post-fermentation
6 months battonage on less in french barriques, 3 years in large Slavonian and French oak barrels
A wine of sheer beauty. Silky tannins encircle fresh, warm, red cherries, layered intensity, consisting of orange zest, sweet tobacco, red berries. Delicate aromatics adding to overall finesse. Clarity and precision defining this wine from the beginning to the long finish.
Tasted blind. Deep almost ruby. Savoury-sweet, spicey nose with salty, minerally notes. Gorgeous, layered yet compact fruit that is not fully open and firm tannins that demand more time.
Lustrous ruby. Savoury and deep red-fruit nose. Supple, gentle strawberry fruit with lots of coating tannins and completely intergrated acidity. Closes up on the finish, but there is more to come. 17 (WS)
Evolved and complex, luxurious cherry fruit complemented by the toffeed sweetness of nougat and oak. Lovely structure and ageing potential. Drink 2020-2030. (Richard Baudains)
Ripe boysenberries, tar, chestnuts, orange peel, dried cherries and tobacco. There's a beautifu interplay between the more subtle notes and darker red fruit, and nothing's out of kilt to the ripeness. Lot's of powerful tannins take the full-bodied palate by storm, coating the mouth in layers of intense but fragrant red fruit and steamrolling this Brunello to a long chewy conclusion. This is a contrastive wine, built on the foundation of an intricate, wild tannin backbone, but framed in a vibrant and transparent package.
This biodynamic winery estate once again presents a great wine. Clear ruby-red, a complex nose of fruit, slight smokiness and a light perfume of forest undergrowth. Great elegance, refined tannins and a pleasing acidity.
Rich Ruby with sparkling garnet rim. Compact and dense nose, full of fresh plums, raspberries, finely drawn. Solid and firm in the base, shows a lot of ripe, dark berry fruit, in the rear area fine licorice, dense, dense tannins, firm and long.
Decanter Top Brunello 2012. Bright, very youthful looking ruby colour. Delicate floral and wild berry nose. The palate has great power but also superior balance, showing a fresh fruity vein behind the tannins and a long, broad finish with hints of baked earth and cocoa powder.
Aromas of baked plum, espresso, dark spice, leather and a balsamic note lead the way. On the chewy full-bodied palate, bracing tannins support juicy cherries marinated in spirits, raspberry, orange zest, licorice and tobacco. Fresh acidity lends balance. It still needs years to come around. Drink 2022–2035.
Flamboyant young wine with crushed-raspberry, chocolate and orange-rind undertones. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a long and flavorful finish. From biodynamic grapes. Drink in 2020.
Deep ruby. Intense and a little balsamic with a touch of leather. With aeration, pure cherry and raspberry. Fragrant, perfumed, cherry and raspberry palate with perfectly integrated acidity. Gorgeous chew and length. (WS)
Rich, bright ruby. Very attractive smooth and dense nose, after mature, dark blackberries, somc elderberries and dark plums, complex. Rich and interwoven on the palate, shows fleshy plum fruit, after pickled cherry. It opens with dense, substantial tannins, surrounded by sweet sesame with firm pressure in the final.
Alluring scents of ripe plum, tobacco, underbrush, fragrant blue flower and a whiff of new leather set the tone. The taut tightly-knit palate delivers juicy black cherry, crushed raspberry, licorice and baking spice framed in bright acidity and a backbone of assertive, fine-grained tannins.
This is an impressive wine with blackberry, currant and spice. Full body, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. A rich and structured young Brunello.
Deep ruby. Beautiful pure cherry and raspberry nose. Brooding richness of fruit and a frightening amount of tannins makes it unapproachable for the moment, but this has vigour, energy and power. Super-tightly wound. (WS)