"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.
The 2016 season at Castello Nipozzano can be considered a great vintage. With regard to temperatures, 2016 was characterised by alate, cool spring and a warm and sunny August, but it is the rainfall above all that explains this excellent growing season. There was abundant precipitation during the flowering period, which then became scarce from the end of June until harvest. Together with the high summer temperatures, this led to the early ripening of varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Mormoreto 2016 is immediately recognisable as a wine with great character, owing to its intense purple colour. The bouquet is enchanting, opening with a marvellously deep floral character of jasmine and bergamot, followed by distinct notes of ripe fruit, raspberry, blackberry and hints of citrus. The complexity is accentuated with an intriguing spiciness at the end, with notes of teaand gentle vanillaaromas.The palate offers the density of the flowers and fruit already detected on the nose. The structure of the wine develops in a beautifully harmonious way. The grain of the tannins is particularly fine and pleasant, and helps to accentuate the long and persistent finish. Mormoreto is a vibrant and long-lasting wine that offers outstanding refinement and balance.
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.
Serving suggestions: Terrific partner with any long-cooked meat dish, such as marinades, pot roasts, and stews. Delicious with aged cheeses.