The Marmocchio is the single wine from La Segreta that utilizes the estate’s local Umbrian grape variety, Sagrantino. 15% of this Sangiovese blend is made up from this wonderfully complex and rustic grape, and gives so much added structure and style to the wine. The two varieties reach full maturation at different times from each other, so the grapes are hand-harvested separately, and begin natural fermentation in stainless steel tanks on their own. During this time, Follatura (punch-downs) is carried out twice daily to work with the oxygen in the fermenting juice, and to extract wonderful colour and phenols from the grapes. The two wines are aged in mostly 500L French Tonneau for malolactic conversion (there are some 225L barrels as well that primarily are used for the Sagrantino), and a 15-month aging period before blending, and bottling with no filtration. After 15 more months in bottle, the wine is ready for release and is a remarkable display of the local Umbrian terroir. Full-bodied in structure, with ripe yet very integrated tannins, the ‘Marmocchio’ is one to open up in a decanter or age for several years to come. There is a dark berry fruit and depth of earthy tones from the Sagrantino that plays well with the high acidity of the Sangiovese, and all leads to an incredibly long and complex finish.
- Area: Italy, Umbria
- Grapes: 85% Sangiovese & 15% Sagrantino