||White dessert wine from grapes with noble rot sweet
||Muffato della Sala is produced with grapes with “noble rot”, harvested in late October and early November to allow the morning mists to develop of Botrytis Cinerea, or noble rot on the grape berries. This type of mould concentrates the water of the crop, its sugars, and its aromas, endowing the Muffato della Sala with a harmonious and unmistakable fragrance. The first year to be produced was the 1987 and consisted of the blend of varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc (50%); Grechetto (30%) and Drupeggio (20%). The composition of the blend has varied over the years and now has attained its definitive results.
||Grapes were harvested from Castello della Sala’s vineyards
||Altitude: 200-450 m. (656 and 1476 feet) a.s.l.
||Clay-based soils rich in marine fossils.
||All grapes were hand harvested and vineyard crews were sent out to pick individual vineyard parcels or even rows, returning multiple times, depending on the degree of ripeness of the grapes.
||Once the grapes were delivered to the winery, grape clusters were sorted for quality on conveyor belts. Before being gently crushed, grape clusters were not destemmed. Once the resulting must was pressed, it was fermented for 18 days at a controlled temperature of approximately 17 °C (63 °F).
||This sweet wine was transferred into French oak barriques (Alliers & Tronçais) where it aged for about 6 months, then continued to age in stainless steel tanks for an additional period of 2 years.
||Price Antinori Muffato della Sala 0.5L 2016 € 31.35