Morellino di Scansano Simone Castelli
The hilltop town of Scansano is found in the south west of Tuscany, in the province of Grossetto and in the region known as the Maremma, home to some of the Super Tuscans, Sassicaia, Ornellaia and Ca’Marcanda. Up until the 1930s, the Maremma was a swamp when Mussolini ordered that it be drained because of the malarial mosquitoes which bred there.
Morellino is the local name for a clone of Sangiovese (so the same varietal as Chianti and Brunello) which stands up extremely well to the heat of the summer and a long growing season, producing wines of intensity and richness. The proximity to the Ligurian Sea of the Castelli vineyards means that the vines are cooled by the sea breezes and thus vital acidity is also retained in the grapes.
The name “Podere 414” simply comes from the number given to the plot when the land was divided up and Simone Castelli’s 2½ hectare vineyard lies within the plot boundary. The son of famous local oenologist and consultant, Maurizio Castelli, Simone makes this delicious wine from a blend of 85% Morellino and 7% Ciliegiolo with the balance made up of Colorino and Alicante (a clone of Grenache).
A perfect pairing with roasted duck, rich pasta sauces and red grilled meats.