BLU is a wine produced with the grape variety Ancellotta, grown in a small vineyard on the hill of Montebacchino, just north of Pesaro along Italy's Adriatic coast.
The variety of Ancellotta is known for its considerable colouring properties, and was traditionally used in small percentages to improve the colour of wine obtained from other varieties.
In 1998, realising the potential of the grapes produced in an old vineyard of Ancellotta, Fattoria Mancini decided to create a wine to portray the best characteristics of the variety.
The wine obtained revealed itself to be interesting for the impenetrable colour, unique and intense aromas, important structure, concentration of tannins and notable longevity. During its production the indelible blue staining left on the floor of the winery soon suggested the wine's future name: Blu.
Denomination IGT Marche Rosso
Prodution zone Vineyard of Montebaccino - Natural Park of Mount San Bartolo - District of Pesaro Distance from the coast: 0.5-1.5km Altitude: 100-170m above sea level Soils: deep, high sand component, calcareous, silty varities 100% Ancellotta
Harvest period: Ancellotta: mid September Method: Hand harvested into grilled baskets of 15Kg Transportation: in baskets - in a mobile cooling cellar equipped with an independent motor. The cooling cellar was transported to the vineyard every morning, allowing the grapes to be cooled as soon as they were harvested.
The cellar then returned to the winery in the evening to continue the cooling process during the night. The grapes were pressed the next morning at a temperature of around 9°C. yeld per hectare Ancellotta: 5000 Kg/Ha vinification 100% destemmed Cold maceration in tank for around 7 days Fermentation in tank with a combination of delestage, pumping over and punch downs for around 12 days Complete malolactic fermentation, carried out in barrel maturation 14 months in French oak barrels, Allier of 228 L, 50% new oak & 50% 2nd use Bottled without filtration 18 months in bottle before commercial release