Literally holy wine, the Vin Santo is a sweet wine deeply rooted in Tuscan tradition. The first references date back to the
Renaissance, which is also when the Avignonesi family first came on the scene. To this date our Vin Santo and Occhio di
Pernice are produced with the madre (yeast) that has been passed on for generations and provides that ethereal taste. This
sweet wine is the result of an exceptionally long ageing process during which over half of this precious liquid evaporates. It has
been calculated that with the same amount of grapes used to produce one of our 375 ml bottle you can produce twenty-four
750 ml bottles of wine.
Dense and mysterious, the Occhio di Pernice 2002 offers a complex and enveloping bouquet of dates, dried figs, sweet spices
and candied lemon peel. On the palate it is sweet and spicy with notes of liquid caramel, candied berry fruits and plum jam.
The aftertaste is incredibly long-lingering. A wine suitable for long ageing in the bottle.
Layers of clay, sand and silt, from the Pliocene (3-5 million years ago)
The grapes have been hand-picked from the best vineyard parcels and placed in small, vine leaf-coated bins.
The grapes are laid out for a few months on straw mats in the “appassitoio” (drying room). They are then softly pressed and the must is transferred in “caratelli” (50-liter
oak casks) for a slow, natural fermentation with the aid of an indigenous yeast known as “madre”.
10 years in “caratelli”.
ALCOHOL AND TOTAL PRODUCTION
12.5% - 375 ml bottles: 1,860; 100 ml bottles: 1,980