Presenting Rocca delle Macìe at the Vancouver International Wine Fest 2016

Rocca delle Macie wines

Rocca delle Macie wines

Rocca delle Macie is a young winery when you compare it to the most famous wineries in the Chianti area. The company was founded in 1973 by Italo Zingarelli, whom, after various positive experiences in the movie production and distribution, decided to make a dream of his childhood come true: to buy a large farm and make it outstanding.  After he visited the village called Le Macìe, located on a hilltop in the Castellina in Chianti municipality, he felt he had found what he was looking for: he called his “discovery” Rocca delle Macìe (in the Tuscan dialect “macìa” means stone, and Rocca delle Macìe stands for “stony, rocky hilltop stronghold”.)

Rocca delle Macìe wines appear on the Italian and foreign markets in 1978 and immediately they have been welcomed with enthusiasm.  In 1985 Sergio, Italo’s son, started working in the winery side by side with his father.  Since 1989 Sergio has the complete management of the winery.

Today Rocca delle Macìe wines can be found in the best restaurants all over the world: United States, Canada, Germany, Japan, Brazil, and besides Italy, also in other 45 countries.

Rocca delle Macìe produces also extra virgin olive oil, honey and a delicious Grappa; all of them typical products of Tuscany.

Without good raw materials is not possible to produce good wines. For this reason at Rocca delle Macìe, care for quality starts in the 200+ hectares of vineyards of the estates of Le Macìe, Fizzano, Sant’Alfonso, Le Tavolelle, and Campomaccione, owned by the winery, and other prestigious farms hold on lease with long term contracts.

At Rocca delle Macìe fertilization is completely organic and fight against vineyard diseases is done with respect to the environment. Several years ago the winery began following the Integrated Viticulture regulation which rules the use of the lowest quantity of chemical substances in the fields.

The Wines We Will Pour at the Festival

Moonlite IGT 2014 – A blend of Chardonnay 35%, Vermentino 30%, Pinot Grigio 20%, and Trebbiano 15%. Straw-yellow with green reflections.  A bouquet of intense aromas of white flowers with hints of flint. Fresh mineral notes (from the Vermentino) blend perfectly with toast and citrus notes (from the Chardonnay) on the palate. Excellent alone, and particularly well-suited to light appetizers, seafood, soft cheeses and white meat dishes. Serve chilled.

Roccato IGT 2010Sangiovese 50% and Cabernet Sauvignon 50% form this blend.   The grapes are selected by hand before being vinified separately and then left to mature in French oak barriques for between 9 and 14 months. The two varieties are kept separate throughout the process and once blended, the wine is aged for a further three months in 35 hl barrels, followed by another year in the bottle. The colour is deep ruby red with garnet reflections. The nose is rich in and persistent, with hints of red berries and spices like cocoa, vanilla and coffee. Warm and well-balanced, with a consistent structure of tannins which support the long finish of the wine. It pairs well with sauces, red meats, game dishes and dry cheeses.

Chianti Classico Famiglia Zingarelli DOCG 2013 – A blend of Sangiovese 95% and Merlot 5%.  The grapes for the Chianti Classico are selected and picked by hand. The must undergoes maceration over the grape skins for 12 – 14 days. Following the alcoholic and malolactic fermentation, the wine is then aged in Slavonian or French oak barrels for a period of 6 to 10 months and refined further in the bottle. The colour is a lively ruby red. Intense and persistent aromas with hints of wild berries that combine well with the aromas released by the wood of the barrels. Savory and full bodied on the palate. An exceptional match to all meats and pastas.

Chianti Classico Riserva Famiglia Zingarelli DOCG 2012 –  A blend of Sangiovese 90%, Cabernet Sauvignon 5%, and Merlot 5%. Following careful selection, the grapes are vinified according to traditional Chianti Classico methods. The wine ages in French oak barrels for two years and is then refined further in the bottle, for a minimum of three months. Ruby red in colour; becoming garnet with age. Bouquet is ample, intense and refined, with variety of aromas. Warm, robust, elegant with a persistent aroma. The bottle should be uncorked as early as an hour before serving or decanted for a few minutes before being drunk. This wine is particularly suited for red meats, roasts, wild game and dry cheeses.

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Riserva di Fizzano DOCG 2011Sangiovese 95% and Merlot 5% make this blend. The grapes are cultivated exclusively in the vineyards of the Fizzano estate, an area that is particularly suited for high-quality winemaking. After fermentation most of the wine matures in 35hl French oak barrels, while a small  proportion is aged in 225-liter barriques. After the blending the wine rest in the bottle for another year. Intense ruby red colour. Pronounced aroma with hints of wild berries and well-balanced spiciness. Warm and very flavourful, with ripe red
fruits and a long finish. A wine with long ageing potential, it complements red meats, roasts, and game.

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