About this WINE
The Máté winery is an organic family-owned estate in the prestigious Santa Restituta zone of Montalcino, an area known for its terroir and resulting age-worthy Brunello. Next door to Máté’s 6.5 hectares of vines are the neighbouring estates of Angelo Gaja and Gianfranco Soldera, which both share this highly desirable terroir. The vineyards are between 320 and 420 metres’ altitude and the Sangiovese is grown in fossil-filled tuffo soils, giving the wines clarity of fruit and mineral expression.
It is a high yielding, late ripening grape that performs best on well-drained calcareous soils on south-facing hillsides. For years it was blighted by poor clonal selection and massive overcropping - however since the 1980s the quality of Sangiovese-based wines has rocketed upwards and they are now some of the most sought after in the world.
It produces wines with pronounced tannins and acidity, though not always with great depth of colour, and its character can vary from farmyard/leather nuances through to essence of red cherries and plums. In the 1960s the advent of Super Tuscans saw bottlings of 100% Sangiovese wines, as well as the introduction of Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon blends, the most famous being Tignanello.