Podere San Cristoforo was founded in 1901 by a family of farmers that carefully selected this land for its ideal vine growing conditions: the vineyard’s fresh and stony soils – the result of foliation from the mineral-bearing hills of Gavorrano – and the constant marine breezes are crucial to the healthy ripening of the grapes. Today, the vineyard is owned by famous winemaker Lorenzo Zonin.
Winemaker & owner
“ Since 2000, the vineyard in Maremma is owned by the passionate winemaker Lorenzo Zonin. Zonin comes from one of Italy’s most famous and oldest wine families, owning different vineyards all over the country. Zonin leads a viticulture respectful of nature and to the pure expression of the terroir. Since the vineyard had been abandoned for about 80 years, the soil was very pure. Zonin wanted to keep this delicate balance and that’s why he chose the organic approach. ”
“A wine that can be recognised at first sip: maybe not always as perfect technically or as constant year in, year out, but undoubtedly with more marked character.”
Diligent viticulture: low yields, little technology and lots of manual labor. Management of the soil and of the leaf canopy, exposing the fruit to sunlight and wind; decisions regarding vineyard sites, plant density, clonal selection, treatments for the grapes and not to filter the wines.
The wines are deep, modern and 100% estate-bottled with biodynamic grapes only. They are unfiltered, unfined and fermented with native yeast.
Pink Rosé, Maremma Toscana D.O.C.
Pink, yes simple as that, is the new rosé by Podere San Cristoforo, produced in just 2.000 bottles. This wine is obtained from Sangiovese grapes, destemmed and delicately pressed to obtain a rose colour must. The result is surprising for balance and vinously. The wine label is inspired by the legendary Algie, an inflatable pig, used by Pink Floyd for the cover design of The Animals album. Algie was flown in 1976 over the Battersea power plant, south of London, and measured as much as 12 metres. During the photo shoot Algie broke free from the cable, holding him to the ground and his uncontrolled flight caused Heathrow airport disruptions. All newspapers reported the accident and Algie today is a universal symbol of freedom.
Pink has notes of white peach, pink grapefruit and sea breeze with a clean, refreshing finish that includes hints of citrus and rose petals.
Carandelle Sangiovese, Maremma Toscana D.O.C.
100% sangiovese. Single vineyard, 6 diferent massal selecions, low yields and a great deal of manual labour,
forms the basis for this wine. All the vineyard and cellar operations are carried out according to the lunar calendar, and the grapes are left to ferment spontaneously with indigenous yeasts. After that, the wine has 10 months of oak ageing.
On the palate the incredibly fresh, vibrant, and are endowed with refined and silky tannins. Maximum variety expression: elegance and multi dimensional.
Luca Maroni: 96/100
Robrt Parker: 93/100
Antonio Galloni: 92/100
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Ameri, Toscana Sangiovese I.G.T.
“Ameri” is the result of a very unique method called “governo all’uso toscano”. Plus in this wine, another quite unusual
technique called “taglio del tralcio” is used, that consists in cutting the cane supporting the ripe clusters. By cutting the cane only the sun and the wind are promoting the natural dehydration of the grapes, concentrating sugars, acids, and aromas. The wine is matured for 10 months in French oak barrels.
The wine shows a nice intensity and richness with fruit-forward aromas of black currant, plum and dried cherry. Background notes of tilled earth and black truffle add to the wine’s complexity. This medium-bodied Sangiovese hits the palate with elegance and power.
James Suckling: 94/100
Luca Maroni: 97/100
Robert Parker: 93/100
Tre Bicchieri G. Rosso