Vin de France – Scala Santa
70% Minustellu and 30% Niellucciu – limestone, chalk and clay soil. The grapes are manually harvested, 100% destemmed and crushed. Skin maceration for 12 to 15 days. Fermentation at 77 to 82.5F. Regular pumping over. After the wine completes its malolactic fermentation, it is aged in stainless steel tanks for 8 months. The cuvée is named after the Scala Santa (“Holy Stairs”) inside Notre Dame de Monserato, a chapel that faces the entrance of the family property in Bastia. Minustellu is an old Corsican variety characterized by its fresh and spicy notes and a deep colour. Henri Orenga de Gaffory fell in love with it and planted 2.5 hectares of Minustellu. Nielucciu, the emblematic variety of the Patrimonio region, has complex and powerful aromas. It gives the wine a remarkable ﬂavour proﬁle and an imposing structure without making it too tannic. Enjoy within 2 to 3 years. The Scala may be served slightly chilled (54F). 12.5% alcohol.
About the Producer
Created in 1966, Domaine Orenga de Gaffory is situated in the midst of the exquisite Patrimonio appellation in northern Corsica, a spectacular region inscribed in UNESCO's World Heritage List. Its sixty hectares are planted with a range of traditional Corsican grape varieties: Niellucio, Vermentino, Sciacarellu, Minustellu, Aleatico et Muscat Petits Grains.
Henri Orenga de Gaffory exert his life-long passion for the art of vine growing and winemaking with a strong dedication to Patrimonio's unique terroirs, which produce wines characterized by their balanced structure and aromatic concentration, as well as their potential for aging. Equally passionate about contemporary art, he hosts annual exhibitions of modern art displaying the works of Corsican and international artists such as Ange Leccia, David Raffini, Claude Viallat, Pascale Marthyne Tayou and Pascal Dombis.
Farming practices: organic, in conversion. Will be certified in 2019.
Domaine Orenga de Gaffory