Ardingo Toscana IGT

Ardingo is made from 70% Merlot and 30% Sangiovese. The Merlot vineyard – Vigna Montosoli – which was planted about 30 years ago, is just 7 kilometers away from Costanti’s main vineyards in upper Montalcino and is 350 meters above sea level, just a bit lower than Costanti’s other vineyards. The vineyard is located north/northeast of Montalcino on the Montosoli hill and enjoys western exposure and clay soil. The Sangiovese comes from a vineyard Andrea owns on the same hill.

The wine is named for Ardengo della Gherardesca (seen written ‘Ardingo’ in some places), who was a valiant knight from the Longobard family of the same name who fought the Florentines alongside the Sienese 800 years ago. Perfect for this powerful wine.


Wine exported to

Japan, Bermuda, USA, Canada, Australia

Grape Varieties:

70% Merlot, 30% Sangiovese

Fermentation container:

Stainless steel

Length of alcoholic fermentation:

About 2 weeks

Type of yeast:

Select

Fermentation temperature:

16-18 °C (60.8-64.4 °F)

Length of maceration:

14 days

Malolactic fermentation:

Yes

Fining agent:

None

Aging containers:

Barrique (Merlot) and Tonneaux (Sangiovese)

Container size:

225 L and 5 hL

Aging before bottling:

24 months

Aging in bottle:

12 months

Closure:

Cork

Organic:

Yes

Vineyard name:

Vigna Montosoli

Vineyard location:

Montosoli, Montalcino

Soil composition:

Clay

Vine training:

Spurred Cordon

Altitude:

350 meters (1,148 feet) above sea level

Exposure:

Western

Years planted:

1990

Time of harvest:

September/October

First vintage of this wine:

1997

Serving temperature:

Best served at 16-18 °C (60.8-64.4 °F).

Aging potential:

Upwards of 20 years

Alcohol:

14.5%

Winemaker:

Andrea Costanti and Vittorio Fiore