Benefizio Riserva recounts the history of Chardonnay inTuscany. This grape variety was introduced to Castello di Pomino’s vineyards in 1855, and by 1878 the Estate had received the gold medal at the Paris Expo for the quality of its wines. In 1973, at a vineyard located 700 metres above sea level, Benefizio was born: the first white wine in Italy to be fermented in barriques. With the 2005 harvest, Benefizio acquired the title “Riserva”, or “Reserve”.
Vintage Report: During the 2017 season, Castello di Pomino saw scant rain showers in both the winter and spring. Temperatures were average, save a particularly biting January. Sprouting began in early March and, despite lower temperatures during the month of April, the healthy shoots flowered in May. By the end of the month, half of the vineyards were completely in bloom, earlier than in previous years. The estate’s cool, deep soils coupled with proper soil tillage protected the plants during a very dry summer. Veraison began at the end of Julyand the harvest took place rather early in the season.
Estate and vineyard location: Castello Pomino, Pomino. Altitude from 680 m to 730 m (2230/2400 feet). Vineyard size 9 Ha. Exposure Southwest.
Soil type: Sand-rich, rocky soils, well-drained, and rich in minerals; acidic to slightly acidic.
Planting density: 5,000 vines per hectare.
Training system: Guyot.
Tasting Notes: Benefizio 2017 features a bright straw yellow colour with golden reflections. Its unique, delicate, persistent bouquet offers scents of candied orange peel, dried fruit, white flowers and subtle peppery notes. With time, pleasant toasted flavours appear, while the finish is long and persistent. The freshness and alcoholic notes pair well in this harmonious, balanced wine.
Serving suggestions: Vegetable crème, sea bream, salmon wrapped and baked,caviar