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Ad Astra grows in our Maremma property called Mongibello delle Mandorlaie between Scansano and Magliano, 8 km away from the sea at an altitude of 250 meter. The soil is mostly sand with granit stones and clay underneath. All vineyards are certified organic. 50% Sangiovese 25% Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Cabernet Franc 10% Merlot Aged for 14 months in new (10%) and used Barrique and Tonneaux barrels, a few months in concrete to blend the different varieties.
2017 was an extreme vintage that will be remembered for being the hottest and driest vintage we ever had in Tuscany. After a cold winter with less rainfall than usual spring and summer were very dry. We practically didn't have any rainfall from the end of April until the harvest in our Maremma vineyards. Temperatures were for prolonged periods very hot. Because of this the total grape quantities were reduced by 30-40 %. We picked the healthy and ripe grapes in our Maremma property between the last days of August and the first two weeks of September. Since 2017 all our vineyards (Maremma and Chianti Classico) are certified organic.
Wine Advocate: 89 Points
Exhibiting some real staying power, this is an organic blend of Sangiovese with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The Nittardi 2017 Ad Astra shows plenty of intensity and textural fiber. Coming from the sun-kissed Tuscan coast, this dry and hot vintage also gives you that extra ripeness and warmth that's perfect for barbecued ribs and spicy sauce. Anticipated Maturity: 2021-2025