SESTA DI SOPRA
Sesta di Sopra is a 44-hectare farm dating back to the 1200’s and located south of Montalcino, about 4 km from Castelnuovo dell’Abate in Tuscany, the ancient land of the Etruscans. The “Sesta Di Sopra” logo contains an Etruscan symbol depicting the sun, which was reproduced from an artifact found on the farm grounds.
The farmhouse and surrounding properties were acquired in 1980 by Ettore and Enrica Spina. They first restored the farmhouse, once a watch tower, as well as the two-hectacre olive grove. Not long afterwards, a new vineyard was planted, soon followed by a second parcel, for a total of two hectares of harvestable land. Needless to say the wines are hard to come by.
The small but functional cellar contains 3000 liter Slovenian oak barrels. Since the 1990’s, the vineyards have been planted with a selection of Sangiovese Grosso clones, which are grown using the Spurred Cordon System on medium textured soil, which has a tendency to be calcareous. This system reduces the vigor of the plants, resulting in low production yields and high quality grapes.
The harvest normally takes place at the end of September when grapes are picked by hand and placed in small baskets in order to prevent blemishes. The grape must is cooled for a pre-fermentation soak, followed by alcoholic fermentation. At the end of the alcoholic fermentation, the wine is pressed, and transferred to barrel for malolactic fermentation and aging.