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Daphne secco is a sparkling dry white wine made with 100% Malvasia di Candia, which is a incarnation of the Malvasia grape that is both aromatic and acidic, perfect for sparkling wines. Daphne is sourced from a single vineyard on the Medici estate, the prestigious Tenuta La Rampata vineyard in Reggio Emilia province. The Tenuta La Rampata vineyard has been converted to organic farming with a certification forthcoming in the 2020 vintage. The Daphne Malvasia is fermented in the same method of Medici’s award winning Concerto Lambrusco, unique because both the first and second fermentation occur very slowly and in the same tank, allowing deep and complex flavors to develop. Indigenous yeasts are used for fermentation, the specific strains used were selected in collaboration with local universities of Piacenza and San Michele all'Adige out of 53 unique strains found in the Medici Ermete vineyards. The wine is best served at a temperature of 50 degrees Fahrenheit and should be consumed within two years of vintage.

91 Points
Tasting Panel
2019 vintage
90 Points
2019 vintage
Harvest Note
During the 2019 vintage in the Reggio Emilia area, the weather was characterized by a seesaw climate trend. Around the end of autumn 2018 we had experienced very cold temperatures. During spring the temperatures recorded were higher than normal, and pretty dry, which did not allow a regular blossoming of the buds. Thankfully, May was an important turning point; it brought heavy rains creating considerable humidity. June reported a sudden rise in the temperatures that gave opportunity for the plant to form good sized clusters and to reduce winemaker intervention in the vineyard. Due to a longer maturation time, the harvest began with a considerable delay (it started on September 10 with Malbasia di Candia). The quality of the Malvasia grapes was good; we expect to have a fresh wine, with a good aromatic intensity and excellent acidity.
Tasting Note
Pale yellow in color, the wine has an aromatic and intense bouquet. Dry, yet delicate, fresh and lively.
Food Pairing
An excellent pairing to Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, spaghetti with clams and vegetarian pasta dishes.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Malvasia di Candia
PH: 3.2
ACIDITY: 6.2 g/l
ABV: 11%
Unique Selling Points
  • Sourced from a single vineyard, Tenuta La Rampata, on the Medici estate
  • Farmed organically, with a certification forthcoming in 2020
  • Medici Ermete is a family owned, 5th generation winery
  • Limited production of roughly 1,000 9L cases/year

About the Grape

Vinified dry, Malvasia has spicy aromas, full body, and broad, peachy fruit, with notes of musk, almond and acidity. In sweet wines, the nutty, grape skin qualities are intensified.
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