Tunia Sottofondo (750ml)
Tunia is a closely-knit team, made up of Francesca (oversees wine production), Chiara (commerce) and Andrea (finance). They are a dynamic young trio full of ideas and with a strong desire to do things properly. They came together in 2008 to make wine quality natural wines, spirits and olive oils. They own 15 hectares of vines, many of which were planted in the 1970s and are all traditional Tuscan varietals, the which were included in the “recipe” of the original Chianti: Sangiovese, Colorino, Canaiolo and Trebbiano.
Tunia was the name of the most important God in the Etruscan pantheon (the Etruscans were a ancient civilization that inhabited Tuscany and introduced viticulture and winemaking to the area) the name was given to the domaine in homage to the earth upon which it is situated. Tunia is located in the spectacular Val di Chiana in the province of Arezzo. The Domaine extends over 25 hectares planted of old vine Sangiovese and Trebbiano (in 1970) and of recently planted vines (2005) of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese. One part of the vines of Trebbiano has been recently grafted with Vermentino. The domaine also has 600 olive trees – typical Tuscany!
Tunia works in organic viticulture in both the vineyards and in the cellar, without adding any oenological products to the vinification except for a small quantity of sulphites at bottling.
Notes of citrus, dried fruit and hazelnut are complimented by sourdough yeasty aromas. The palate is delicate, lively and fresh with flavours of bergamot and raw hazelnut; very drinkable with a pleasing tea tannin quality.
The “Sottofondo” is an ancestral method sparkling wine based on Trebbiano grapes, some of which undergo skin contact (making it an orange wine). It is naturally refermented in the bottle after the addition of some Vin Santo must. The cuvée is created from both early harvest and a late harvest grapes.
*Sottofondo in Italian literally means “background”. Italians also use the term “fondo” to refer to a wine’s sediment (the lees). This wine is called Sottofondo in reference to the fact that it is unfiltered and still contains the “fondi” from fermentation.