Ranchelle – Millocchio Bianco 2017
Ranchelle’s 2017 Millocchio Bianco is a blend of Procanico, Ansonica, Francesino, Trebbiano and Malvasia, from 60-year-old vines planted on shale with silt and clay at 350 metres altitude. After a manual harvest, the grapes were destemmed, crushed and loaded into open-topped oak vats, where they macerated with their skins for two weeks. Fermentation took place with indigenous yeasts, without additions. After pressing, the wine aged 10 months in oak tonneaux. It was then bottled unfiltered and unfined, with no sulphites added, and aged a further 6 months.
Ranchelle’s 2017 Millocchio Bianco has a intense, rich amber color with a slightly funky, aromatic nose, filled with aromas of ripe lemons, roasted orchard fruit, walnuts and Mediterranean undergrowth. On the palate, it’s medium-bodied, lively and drinkable, with a hint of tannins and notes of tangerines, apricots, white pepper and dried herbs.
Located in the Maremma – a coastal area in southern Tuscany, halfway between Florence and Rome – a small winery is keeping the region’s rich viticultural heritage alive. Wine has been made here since the time of the Etruscans, but many of its indigenous grapes have almost disappeared or have been replaced by popular international varieties. Ranchelle, a small, four-hectare estate, was started in 2014 with the aim of preserving native grapes like Procanico and Mammolo – showcasing their potential by following the method of natural winemaking. Their wines are sincere expressions of Maremma’s ancient terroir.