Stefano Girelli - The Wine People
We have worked with Stefan Girelli for over 25 years, a relationship that has yielded many exceptional wines, from everyday drinking to fine Chianti estate wines.
In 2009 Stefano established a new business called ‘The Wine People’ in partnership with Frenchman, Philippe Marx, and Dutchman Peter Kosten. They have combined their skill and experience to bring affordable good value wines from across Italy, with the help of renowned Italian winemaker Stefano Chioccioli who makes all the wines. (Please look separately for the superb Chiantis from Chioccioli.) All vineyards are situated on gentle hillside slopes in the Treviso province. Vines are Cordon trained and density is 4-5,000 plants per hectare.
Vivid red in colour with gentle purple tones. Fresh on the palate and packed with red berries and delicate sweet spices. The palate is smooth, yet with a lively acidity. This is a very well balanced wine, with a spicy and long lasting finish.
An ideal accompaniment to fish.
Grapes are carefully harvested by hand towards the end of September. They are then destemmed but not crushed. Selected yeasts are added, and fermentation takes place at 20-22°C. During the first part of the fermentation, remontage is carried out until a level of 7% alcohol is achieved. Then, as soon as the fermentation is completed, the wine is separated from the skins. Malolactic fermentation is usually spontaneous and takes place immediately after the primary fermentation is completed. The wine is kept on fine lees and stirred periodically. It is then transferred to cement tanks but is not aged in oak.