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Santa Giustina Ortrugo Vivace 2021 (750 ml)

Santa Giustina Ortrugo Vivace 2021 (750 ml)

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Santa Giustina’s Ortrugo Vivace is a stunning bottling from the estate, offering a delightful white wine from a very native varietal.  The grapes reach optimal ripeness in their organic vineyard before being hand-harvested and immediately brought into the cellar.  The entire clusters are gently pressed, and then the grapes and must are left to rest at a low temperature for 18-24 hours together (Pellicular Maceration), before being completely pressed off the skins for fermentation in stainless steel. Finished for 20 days in Charmat tanks, this dazzling white has a lovely light 'vivace' spritz in the glass. A complex nose of sage and roses are backed by tree and citrus fruits, as it leads to the well-balanced palate of bright citrus acidity, round fruit flavors, and a clean persistent finish.  

Santa Giustina is located in the heart of the Colli Piacentini in the far northwestern corner of Emilia-Romagna. A perfect backdrop to what the estate calls their 'village' (a few 1000 year old buildings, a church from 870, and their wine-making facilities) is a series of perfect hills before the distant Alps. A 100 hectare property at 300m above sea level is theirs, comprised of many different crops, forests, vineyards, and a private game reserve. 30 hectares of organically farmed vineyards produce just over 70,000 bottles a year to create a wide range of wine from the local varieties. All viticultural and vinicultural practices are extremely natural in principal, as they find it completely unnecessary to intervene with the natural magic of the grapes they farm. In addition to their clean and pure winemaking philosophy, due to the entire family's allergies to sulfur, they choose to use no SO2 whatsoever in the winery, however they do use sulfites during harvest in the picking bins to prevent early fermentation. Simple and delicious juice is found in each and every bottle, and all are perfect for enjoying at the table.

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