Le Tense, Sasella Valtellina Superiore DOCG, Nino Negri
Le Tense, Sasella Valtellina Superiore DOCG, Nino Negri
Brilliant garnet red colour. Complex perfume with a persuasive raspberry jam fragrance and notes of wild rose and ripe cherries. Full flavoured, smooth but well sustained. Very tasty with great elegance and harmony. Pleasant undertones of prunes and persistent spices.

Country and Region: Italy,Lombardy

Classification: Superiore DOCG

Producer: Nino Negri

Wine Style: Red

Grape Varieties : Nebbiolo

Vinification: The vines for ‘Le Tense’ come from 20 acres of vineyards in the top Sassella subzones of Minè, Longini and Chiesa Sassella which are home to some of Valtellina’s oldest vineyards. Situated at above 1,200 feet above sea level, the terraced vineyards are made up of shallow, stony soils. Vines are very densely planted and yields are kept to a minimum. Harvested by hand at the end of October, the grape bunches were vinified on the skins in special temperature-controlled vats and maceration lasted 5 days. In December, after a period in steel vats, two thirds of the wine was transferred into small, second use barrels for 24 months, and then bottled.

ABV: 13.5%

Closure: Natural Cork

Note: The name ‘Le Tense’ derives from the period when Valtellina was under the control of the Swiss ‘Three Grey Legions’ (1512-1797). The best vineyards were ‘tense’; protected by the guardians of the vines, known as the ‘arbostrari’. 89 points – Wine Spectator

Case Size: 6

Case price: £ 119.70

Bottle Price: £ 19.95