Grape: 100% Sangiovese
Region: Emilia Romagna
Zone: Sangiovese Superiore Romagna DOC
An estate full of history, whose origin is lost in the tales of knights, intrigue and countless battles and wars. It’s an estate which has seen a lot over the years, named after a bold military leader, Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta from the mid-1400’s. The property was then taken over by Commander Giuseppe Ricci in 1941, an entrepreneur from Forli, Emilia Romagna. The recent history of the estate, however, owes much to the daughter of the commander, Noelia Ricci, who in 1980 first thought of Pandolfa as a wine business and built their beautiful winery. The estate itself covers 140 hectares, of which 40 are planted mainly to Sangiovese as well as Trebbiano, Chardonnay and a few other experimental varieties. Their aim here is to make a pure expression of Sangiovese as it is known in Emilia Romagna.
Tasting note: Highly aromatic, cherry, raspberry liquorice and subtle spice, Mostly aged in stainless steel for 12 months, with the remainder aged in large oak casks owing to its softer character and drinkability.
Growing System: Spurred Cordon
Soil Composition: Brown clay-limestone.
Production: The Sangiovese grapes are fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. The contact of the wine with the skins lasts an average of 14 days, followed by the malolactic fermentation. Ageing 80% for 12 months in stainless steel tanks and 20% in large barrels (50hl) of Slovenian oak and a minimum of 3 months in the bottle.