IGT - Toscana
FIRST VINTAGE ON THE MARKET
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
The soils on which the vineyards stand has varied and complex terrain features with a strong presence of limestone, feature areas rich in marl and pebbles as well as being partly clayey; they sit at an altitude of between 100 and 300 metres above sea level, with a south/south-west exposure.
The climatic trends were optimal throughout the year. Between late autumn and early winter, very cold temperatures were recorded, which favoured the vegetative halt of the plants. From mid-winter until late spring, rainfall was quite persistent, combined with temperatures slightly below seasonal averages. Sprouting, as well as the subsequent phenological phases up to flowering, started slightly late. By contrast, the weather in summer was optimal, with great sunshine and temperatures above seasonal averages. From the end of July to the end of August, temperatures were warmer than average, but the good water supply of the soils, thanks in part to the accumulation of autumn and winter rains, meant that no cases of water stress occurred. The temperature range between night and day was also excellent, ensuring excellent phenolic ripening of the grapes.
Given the favourable climatic conditions, the harvest took place regularly, starting in the first ten days of September and finishing in the first week of October.
Fermentation took place in temperature-controlled steel vats, with 15 days' maceration for both Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Once malolactic fermentation was complete, the wine was placed in French oak barriques, and a small part in American oak, where it was aged for a period between the 20 and 25 months. The duration of the ageing is technically decided on the basis of the seasonal trend of the vintage.