The Donesco was once called "Il Secondo" and was the red entry wine into the world of Pacina. The only major difference between Pacina, the estate's classic, and Il Secondo was the fact that the vines for the latter were only planted in 2005 and 2008 respectively, whereas the vines for Pacina have been rooted in the sandy and clayey soils (Tufo di Siena: the same soil is scattered over the paving stones of Piazza del Campo during the Palio in Siena) of the estate since 1977. In the meantime, the vines have grown up and so has the wine. This is why Giovanna Tiezzi and Stefano Borsa have decided to take account of the changed characteristics and have brought Donesco into the world as the logical successor.
The vines for Donesco are planted at 330 metres above sea level, facing the morning sun. 5000 vines are rooted on the hectare, from which 6000 kilos of grapes are harvested. Fermentation starts spontaneously and takes place in cement tanks, with further ageing also taking place in cement and lasting over a year. No filtering and minimal sulphurisation (< 10 mg/l).
Lively, red berry and floral flavours. The texture is more straightforward than the Pacina, the acidity is fresh - although the body of the wine is quite powerful - and the tannins are grippy. If you like, you can wait for it to soften and mellow, but occasionally it is also nice to drink a wine with its still youthful rough edges. Combines dynamism and vigour with astonishing depth. Flows compactly and focussed towards the palate.
Grape variety: 100% Sangiovese
Cultivation method: organic
Subsoil: Tufo di Siena
Harvest: by hand
Fermentation: spontaneous | wild yeasts, 3-week maceration in cement vats
Ageing: 12 months in cement vats
SO₂: < 20mg/l
Alcohol content: 15 % vol.
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking temperature: 16-18 °C
Perfect drinking maturity: from now - 2030
Content and price per litre: 0.75 l/(€24.87/l)
Maxime: All winegrowers listed with Vinonudo work with compost, organic fertiliser and natural preparations in their vineyards and refrain from using herbicides, pesticides and artificial fertilisers.