For several years we wanted to see what we could obtain with Viognier, the white grape varietal that grows in symbiosis with Syrah. History tells us that the grape was initially brought to the Rhône Valley from Sicily by the Romans. Our experimentation with it follows the line of thinking that our area of Cortona is something of a Rhône enclave in Tuscany. And thus, only Viognier could be planted alongside our Syrah; Viognier is the only “outsider” grape variety that could be introduced into a monovarietal estate such as ours.
We decided to plant a small vineyard (just over one hectare) at “Poggio del Sole” for our only white wine.
In terms of training and cultivation, we grow Viognier the same way we grow Syrah - with extreme care and attention and no room for mistakes. In so doing, we obtain the highest possible quality. Yields per hectare are about 50 quintals per 5000 plants, and harvesting takes place between the end of August and the beginning of September.
Just as with our red Linfa di Syrah, our white version of Linfa di Viognier is produced totally by hand and in limited amounts (from 3000-5000 bottles, depending on the year).
These two wines can be considered our “hand-made” wines: micro productions within a family of wines that are only and always produced in limited numbers; this is why they share the same name of Linfa, an acronym of the names of the members of my immediate family.
After an exceptionally soft crushing and destemming and an equally gentle pressing, the must ferments spontaneously (thanks to indigenous yeasts) partly in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks and partly in French oak barrels.
At the end of fermentation, half of the mass is transferred to cement barrels and the other half into barriques, where it ages for several months on the noble lees, acquiring complexity and volume thanks to frequent batonnages.
Gorgeous refreshing white wine
The result is an opulent Viognier: intense, deep, and complex, and at the same time elegant and mineral, capable of evolving and expressing its very best after some months of aging in the bottle. This is not an instant wine just for sipping in the summer, but a white wine that continues to change and develop, a wine that offers a great deal over the year and is perfect with rich and spicy dishes.
Linfa di Viognier has a rich aromatic bouquet typical of the variety, both fruity and floral, and is characterized by tropical notes of white flowers, banana, and peach; apricot and mango, citrus peel, star anise, and cardamom; gooseberry and sage. Its warm alcoholic content, paired with a freshness and acidity, make it a complete wine, enjoyable both when young and after a more extended period of aging in the bottle.
We genuinely believe that this wine is proof of the similarities and affinities between the Rhône Valley and the Cortona terroir.
Yield per hectare
50 quintals/5000 plants
Straw yellow tending towards gold, luminous
This wine is characterized by tropical notes of white flowers, acacia and magnolia, almond flowers, then banana and peach, apricot and mango.
Linfa - Reviews
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Paglierino tendente al dorato, luminoso. Naso ordinato ed intenso, ricco di profumi floreali di acacia e magnolia, fiori di mandorlo, poi pesca gialla e mela, agrume maturo, fondo celato da note boisé e mineralità. Sorso pieno e morbido, lunga la verve acida e sapida, giusto l'ausilio dell'alcol e della nota glicerica a bilanciare.
by Antonio Galloni
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