Ad Naturam - wooden box
The second edition of the Masciarelli Art Project 2022 featured the artist-designer Marcantonio, one of the leading figures on the international contemporary art scene, famous for his research that investigates the connection between man and nature.
After a period of residence at the Castello di Semivicoli, Marcantonio created the site-specific installation "Ad Naturam", made up of four hundred small golden installations in the shape of small living beings (plant and animal shoots present in the vineyard) that integrate perfectly in the magical atmosphere of the building with the precise intention of not affecting its strong identity and history.
In line with the installation, Marcantonio created the label of the limited edition of the Villa Gemma Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC Riserva 2017 in which the branches of the "Quercia di Gianni" are outlined, a secular tree symbol of the company positioned between the twenty-year Montepulciano vineyards in the Schiavone district in S. Martino sulla Marrucina. Marcantonio, inspired by the evocative place where Gianni Masciarelli loved to meditate and observe his vineyards, in fact wanted to portray for the label the majesty released by the plant, which envelops it as in an embrace with a unique atmosphere. A small golden ladybug – in continuity with the elements of the Ad Naturam installation – hangs over the label as if it had just delicately landed on the bottle.
IN THE VINEYARD
Grapes: 100% Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Alcoholic content: 14.5% vol.
Municipality of production and vineyard altitude: S. Martino S. Marrucina, 400 m, Colle Cave vineyard. The land that houses the vineyard is rich in spring sources, which give water richness throughout the year. The vineyard is close to a natural wood. This biodiversity is a true natural barrier to winds and insects, and guarantees the health of the soil and the environment
Exposure: South / South-East
Yield: 80 q / ha
Type of soil: clayey, moderately calcareous
Training system: Simple Guyot
Plant density: 9,000 plants per hectare
Age of production vines: 25 years
Harvest period: end of October
IN THE BASEMENT
Fermentation: in steel tanks until 1996, since 1997 vinified in wood, since 2013 in steel
Fermentation temperature: free up to a maximum of 28-30 ° C
Temperature control system: cold system (room)
Duration of fermentation and maceration: 15-20 days of fermentation / 20-30 days of maceration
Malolactic fermentation: carried out completely
Aging: 225 l oak barriques
Duration of pre-bottling aging: 36 months, of which 18-24 months in barriques
Refinement in the bottle: 2-3 years
Color: dark ruby red with purple reflections
Bouquet: intense, persistent
Taste: ripe red fruits, dried fruit, spicy notes, cocoa, black pepper, licorice
Pairing: roasted or marinated wild boar, baked lamb, game, aged cheeses, bitter chocolate
Serving temperature: 18 ° C