The Wine: Syr.Up 2.0 Syrah 2018
Do.t.e sYR.Up 2.0 Syrah 2018 is a red natural wine made from 100% Syrah grapes grown in Cortona, Tuscany, Central Italy. In the words of winemaker Filippo Calabresi, "the grapes are grown without using any systemic pesticides (fungicides, herbicides, insecticides). Musts and wines are treated in total absence of chemical and enological products (including sulfites). Each bottle is a deliberate result of a self-determined path; any differences need to be considered as parallel deviations proceeding in the same direction of the chosen path." The wine is incredibly fresh and crunchy, with notes of unripe red fruit and a hint of spice.
"The grapes come from a 2ha terraced vineyard planted in 2002 on clay soil, facing north-north/west at 300m s.l.m, with a density of 6.700 plants per hectare. Grapes are harvested by hand in small baskets between the end of August and the beginning of September; they ferment spontaneously with their own yeast in stainless steel or concrete tanks, sometimes destemmed sometimes whole cluster, according to their virtues and my aspirations. Aging time is either short (6months) in stainless steel and concrete for savory, playful, aromatic and crisp wines, or longer (18-24 months) in used wood and terracotta for more traditional experiments with austere, meticulous and reasoned results."
The Producer: Do.t.e
Do.t.e is the brainchild of Filippo Calabresi who describes the project as:
"An experimental entity that seeks alternative answers in the management of contemporary viticulture. It’s taking one step back in order to go two steps forward. A return to agricultural origins that clearly defines the present and realistically imagines the future. It’s the desire to stand out with wines that spontaneously express their reason for being —beyond statutes and production regulations— based on the foundational principles of the entire project: health, ethics, every day.
Going back to wine as something able to reflect places, arouse feelings, heat up relationships."
The Region: Tuscany
Tuscany, Toscana in Italian, even more so than Piedmont, is the Italian region that has become a synonym with Italian wine worldwide. Its signature rolling hills, cypress trees, winding country roads, and medieval hilltop hamlets have been glamorized by countless films, TV shows, and publications, making Tuscany one of the most famous wine regions in the world.
Tuscany is situated in central Italy, delimitated to the west by the Tyrrhenian Sea and to the east by the Apennine Mountains – more specifically the Appennino Tosco-emiliano. It borders with Liguria and Emilia-Romagna (north), Umbria and Marche (east), and with Lazio (south). The capital of Tuscany is Florence.
The Terroir of Tuscany
In Tuscany, there are several microclimates which contribute to different terroirs. This is particularly evident if we look at the different styles of Sangiovese: cooler areas Sangiovese such as in Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalcino to, and warmer area Morellino di Scansano.
Generally speaking, the climate varies from temperate and generally warm on the coast to cooler, with significant temperature variations between day and night inland, getting progressively warmer as we move south.
The Red Wines of Tuscany
Tuscany is home of the most widely planted red grape varietal in Italy, Sangiovese, which is present in a variety of clones with different names based on location. Classic Tuscan red wines Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and Morellino di Scansano are made respectively with Sangiovese Grosso or Brunello, Prugnolo Gentile, Morellino.
Chianti is also made with Sangiovese, grown all over the Chianti region, traditionally blended with indigenous red grapes Colorino and Canaiolo – although in recent years Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon have also been used.
The coastal area around the town of Bolgheri, and more recently the southwestern area called Maremma Toscana, is where Super Tuscans find their home. Super Tuscan wines are blends including non-indigenous varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petite Verdot, and Syrah.
These French grape varietals are often blended with local Sangiovese, but we also have several examples of non-blended Super Tuscans.
The White Wines of Tuscany
In Tuscany we can also find great examples of white wines, Vernaccia di San Giminiano being the most characteristic, and sweet wines – Vin Santo, Aleatico Passito dell’Elba.
Trebbiano Toscano is the most widely planted white grape varietal but in recent years we have seen an increase in popularity of Vermentino and in some areas Chardonnay.