Friday, 22 March 2013

Monte Schiavo “Coste del Molino” Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico DOC (2012)

Monte Schiavo can be described as one of a new wave of wineries in the region of Marche that are embracing modern techniques and the most modern winemaking equipment to unlock the potential of the region’s indigenous Verdicchio grape. Half a dozen different Verdicchio are produced by the Monte Schiavo winery, each of which offers a different character and representation of the region’s landscape.

A single vineyard wine, this Monte Schiavo “Coste del Molino” Verdicchio sees the Verdicchio grapes destined to form it drawn exclusively from the “Coste del Molino” vineyard in the commune of Poggio San Marcello. Located at 210 metres above sea level, here the sandy soils offer good drainage and naturally lower yields of grapes (around 9 tonnes per hectare).

Vinified at a controlled temperature in stainless steel tanks, this Monte Schiavo “Coste del Molino” Verdicchio is released quickly after bottling to preserve the freshness and vivacity of the finished product. This 2012 iteration is the current release available to the UK market.

A pale lemon colour in the glass, this 2012 Monte Schiavo “Coste del Molino” Verdicchio is notably fresher than the oak matured “Le Guincare” (also from Monte Schiavo - reviewed a couple of days ago) on the nose. Aromas of lemon citrus, grapefruit and white peach are all released as this 2012 “Coste del Molino” Verdicchio is swirled and moderate alcoholic legs are suggestive of the declared 13% abv alcoholic content.

Medium bodied and slightly rounded in character on the palate, this 2012 Monte Schiavo “Coste del Molino” Verdicchio adds apple and pear flavours to those citrus flavours from the nose to form an attractive and fruity flavour profile. A hint of lemon pith and a textural quality derived from a short period of lees-maturation adds depth and interest, whilst a good level of well integrated acidity keeps this “Coste del Molino” Verdicchio refreshingly clean on the finish.

Well suited to drinking from release, this 2012 Monte Schiavo “Coste del Molino” Verdicchio should be consumed in the next two years.

Monte Schiavo “Coste del Molino” Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico DOC (2012)

Score: 87/100 – This 2012 Monte Schiavo “Coste del Molino” Verdicchio is almost everything that a young Verdicchio should be. A high score and “excellent” classification can be the only result.

Value for Money: 9/10Considering that this wine is widely available from £7.50 per bottle in the UK, this 2012 Monte Schiavo “Coste del Molino” Verdicchio looks like yet another wine from Monte Schiavo that is great value.