Ripaforte Toscana IGT Rosso is the latest release from the Estate and represents the pinnacle of production at Tenuta Ghiaccio Forte. A unique blend of Petit Verdot (98%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (2%), Ripaforte is produced from a small vineyard located on a hilltop above the Albegna River valley in southern Scansano. The rolling hills in this region allow a great degree of exposure to sunlight, while the proximity to the Tyrrhenian Sea guarantees a mild microclimate. The diurnal temperature range is noteworthy and contributes to the grapes reaching optimal ripeness. Planted in 1999, the vineyard for Ripaforte was chosen for its unique position 200 meters above sea level, which offers protection from the north and excellent southern exposure, and dense gravel soils with clay and silt from marine deposits dating back to the Pliocene Epoch. The Petit Verdot vines have exceptional leaf cover and flower early allowing a long window to perfectly ripen. The low yields and careful selection, followed by aging in small French oak barrels, result in a wine with concentrated, powerful aromas and depth. The wine expresses itself with dark chocolate and cherry jam, with tangy, flinty mineral elements that carry the wine forward. Notes of sage, incense and lilac combine in a noble, structured and refined coastal red wine.
Ghiaccio Forte Morellino di Scansano DOCG was first released with the 2006 vintage. Originally produced as a blend of 85% Sangiovese and 15% Syrah, from the 2018 vintage onwards the Syrah was removed from the blend. The name derives from an ancient fortified Etruscan settlement five minutes from the cellar and translates as ‘ice fort’. This area has been dedicated to producing wine for millennia and Ghiaccio Forte strives to embody the best traditions of the past, as well as the future of Morellino di Scansano. The grapes are harvested by hand at the point of optimal ripeness, followed by careful selection and destemming. Fermentation is in stainless steel tanks with around two weeks of skin contact. The resulting wine is powerful yet silky, translucent in color, and bears the hallmark traits of a grand Sangiovese from Scansano. Combining freshness and structure with a notable maritime influence, elegant cherry fruit and a savory element give a perfect balance between earthiness and ripe red fruits.