Auspicium - De Vinosalvo
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Denomination: Montecucco D.O.C. Rosso

Alcohol: 13.5-14 %

Varieties: Sangiovese 60% – Syrah 40%

Vineyards: Porrona (Cinigiano), rainfed polyclonal plantings of Sangiovese and Syrah selections on 420A rootstocks; cordon-trained, 5500 vines/ha.

Soil type/geology: clay loam and silt loam over limestone.

Winemaking: hand-harvested, co-fermentation at controlled temperature in stainless steel with extraction by pumpovers and déléstage, basket pressed

Quantity produced: 3400 bottles

Winemaker’s tasting notes – black-tinged, deep ruby-red with colour. Brooding initially, the bouquet unfolds to reveal dark and red fruits, cinnamon spice, violets and orange peel. Spiciness, stewed marasca cherries and cassis dominate the palate attack, giving way then to more complex balsamic, cigar box and savoury-garrigue notes. A bright acidity, subdued alcohol and velvety tannins complete the structure.

Food matching: a compelling match for the strong flavours and textures of traditional Roman fare. At one, also, with the full-on hunter-style game stews of the Maremma.



  • Guide Veronelli: 91 points
  • Guide Luca Maroni 90 points
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We all resort to our own methods of predicting the future – the weather, our good luck, our fate… and in this pursuit also we have drawn inspiration from the customs of yore. With the name Auspicium we were prospecting good auspices for the launch of our first Montecucco DOC release, an original blend of sangiovese and shiraz.

The chooks on the label – from a painting by Georgian painter Levan Mosiashvili – represent the fowls of the ancient Roman augurers, high priests who would read the auspices for impending battles by interpreting the feeding behaviour of their birds.