"Walking between the rows of Cabernet and Petit Verdot, my thoughts always run 150 years ago, when my ancestors planted these for the first time and will vary with the desire to produce a great wine. From 1983 this desire came true with the Cru Mormoreto , wine with a vibrant, deep and harmonious character. Since 2013 a small amount of Sangiovese has further emphasized its elegance ".
Description: This is the great wine of Castello di Nipozzano, from the Mormoreto vineyard planted in 1976. The first vintage wasfrom the harvest of 1983 and since then this wine has onlybeen produced in the most favourable years. It was notproduced in 1984, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1998 and 2002. Sincethe 2013 vintage, the elegance of Sangiovese has further enhanced the qualities of the Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot grapes planted 150 years ago and used in the production, resulting in a wine even more strongly tied to its terroir. Mormoreto is a wine of great depth, opulence and refinement that can be cellared for many years.
Vintage Report: In 2015, the ripening of the grapes was excellent thanks to the long summer, the high temperatures and the favourable climate. Winter made an appearance only in the second week of February, slowing down the plants’ awakening by about ten days. Spring began in earnest on March 21. The flowering phase was favoured by the alternating sunny and mild days, and lower than average rainfall when compared to the previous five years. Summer will be remembered as one of the warmest and sunniest of the past decade. July, in particular, was noteworthy for reaching temperatures above 30°C withvery little rainfall. Nipozzano’s microclimate – created by the interaction between the soil, the vineyards exposure, and the weather –provided additional benefits to a homogenous and gradual veraison. The beneficial rains of the first week of August once again modified the season’s rhythm, accelerating the ripening process and bringing the harvest of excellent and healthy grapes forward to the end of August.
Estate and vineyard location: Castello Nipozzano. Altitude from 250m to 300m (from 820 to 985 feet). Vineyard size 25 ha of the namesake vineyard. Exposure South.
Soil type: 1 - Terrain rich in sand, well drained. Fair presence of calcium. PH neutral or slightly alkaline. 2 - Terrain of limstone, rich inclay and very well supplied with calcium. “White” grounds. Rich in surface stones, PH alkaline.
Planting density: Over 5,800 vines per hectare.
Training system: Spurred cordon.
Vineyard average age: More than 20 years.
Variety: Largely Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese, with a touch of Petit Verdot 14%.
Length of maceration on the skins: Each variety ferments and macerates separately for 35 days in stainless steel at temperatures below 35°C (95°F), followed by 20 days of maceration on the skins.
Fermentation: Malolatic immediately following initial fermentation.
Maturation method: Hand-split oak barrels, partly new and partly once-used.
Length of maturation: 24 months in partly new and partly once-used oak barrels, followed by a further 6 months in the bottle.
Tasting Notes: Mormoreto 2015 presents itself with an impenetrably intense ruby colour and a complex nose: red fruits such as blueberryand raspberry are followed by a balanced bouquet of black jasmine tea and toasted coffee bean with a light touch of vanilla. In the mouth the wine is fresh, complex, persistent and balanced. The tannins blend well with the body resulting in a wine that is velvety to the palate. The acidic component is noteworthy and joins elegantly with the alcoholic content.
Serving suggestions: Terrific partner with any long-cooked meat dish, such as marinades, pot roasts, and stews. Delicious with aged cheeses.