Basilica del Pruneto is an unblended Merlot wine obtained from the cultivation of a small 1.9-hectare vineyard on clayey soil overlooking the ‘Conca d’Oro’ (Golden basin). The soil of this vineyard proved to be the most suitable to enhance the characteristics of this French grape variety. Vinified at a controlled temperature, Basilica del Pruneto matures for 18 months, in equal measure, in French Tronçais and Allier oak barriques, within which malolactic fermentation also occurs.
Colour: Deep red with brown edges
Aroma: Nose of black berry, black cherry, rhubarb, rose and leather with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet scent of freshly cut wood and clay.
Palate: Dark fruits on the palate. Medium bodied with a harmonious velvet texture. Juicy. Dry and light finish with smooth tannins.
Grape Varieties: 100% Merlot
Aging: Maturation for 18 months in 225-litre medium- toasted French oak barriques (Tronçais and Allier), and bottle-aged for six months before sales start.
History of Villa Cafaggio
More than 600 years of traditions. Villa Cafaggio covers approximately 60 hectares, of which 30 are cultivated as specialised vineyards and about 10 as olive groves. The remaining area is woodland. Situated in the hamlet of Greve in Chianti, in Panzano, the estate is nestled in the ‘Conca d’Oro’ (Golden basin), an area recognised as the finest zone for producing Chianti Classico.
The estate’s documented history goes back as far 1408, when it was named Cahago (“”enclosed field””; similar to the French clos). and was owned by the Benedictine monks of Siena. It had several different owners over the years, and in 2016, the property was purchased by ISA, a private equity investor based in Trento.
Basilica Cafaggio srl produces four “Chianti Classico”: Basilica Solatìo Chianti Classico Riserva, Basilica San Martino Chianti Classico Riserva, as well as one Chianti Classico Riserva and one Chianti Classico. Furthermore, Cafaggio produces other two ‘Cru’: Basilica del Cortaccio Cabernet Sauvignon and Basilica del Pruneto Merlot.