Benefizio Riserva recounts the history of Chardonnay in Tuscany. This grape variety was introduced to Castello di
Pomino’s vineyards in 1855, and by 1878 the Estate had received the gold medal at the Paris Expo for the quality of its
wines. In 1973, at a vineyard located 700 metres above sealevel, Benefizio was born: the first white wine in Italy to be
fermented in barriques. With the 2005 harvest, Benefizio acquired the title “Riserva”, or “Reserve”.
During the 2017 season, Castello di Pomino saw scant rain showers in both the winter and spring. Temperatures were
average, save a particularly biting January. Sprouting began in early March and, despite lower temperatures during the
month of April, the healthy shoots flowered in May. By the end of the month, half of the vineyards were completely in
bloom, earlier than in previous years. The estate’s cool, deep soils coupled with proper soil tillage protected the plants
during a very dry summer. Veraison began at the end of July and the harvest took place rather early in the season.
Vinification and Ageing
The grapes are hand-harvested in crates with extreme care and attention. Once transported to the cellar, they are gently
pressed, which allows for aclear must to be extracted right from the beginning. A cold clarification process takes place
after decanting. The musts are then put into barriques, of which half are new, to allow for alcoholic fermentation and part
of the malolactic fermentation. The wine is then aged on the lees in wooden containers for ten months, stirred as needed.
After another four months in the bottle, Benefizio Riservais ready to be placed on the market.
Benefizio 2017 features a bright straw yellow colour with golden reflections. Its unique, delicate, persistent bouquet offers
scents of candied orange peel, dried fruit, white flowers and subtle peppery notes. With time, pleasant toasted flavours
appear, while the finish is long and persistent. The freshness and alcoholic notes pair well in this harmonious, balanced