Harvest beginning date 09/14 with 6 workers for picking and manual selection of grapes and 4 workers for carrying and second selection of the grapes before destemming.
Harvest duration 6 days.
Cool and windy weather.
Grapes maturation almost perfect in all the vineyard. Integrity of the fruit also very good.
Mechanical destemming and whole berries discharging without crushing into steel tanks, just by gravity.
Sugar level medium/high, but not stratospheric, in perfect balance with a relevant structure and extract and an unusually sustained acidity.
Spontaneous fermentation start within 24-48 hours. Fermentation last almost 10 days.
Maceration, longer than the historical average value, last 4/5 weeks.
The malolactic fermentation of all selections performed and completed in stainless steel.
First rating of the wines ranging from very good to excellent.
--Francesco Leanza, Owner & Winemaker