Cortona DOC Syrah
90% Syrah - 10%Merlot and other varieties
The favourable weather patterns at the beginning of spring favoured an early budding of about one week for the various varieties. All through the spring we had excellent weather, warm temperatures and the right amount of rain, resulting in excellent flowering and the relative vegetal cycle. This optimal vegetative balance of the vines ended in full ripening between the end of July and the beginning of August, about 7 to 10 days earlier than usual. The excessive heat wave around mid August, lasting only a week, did not slow down maturation, and the first grapes gathered showed immediate promise of an excellent vintage. Due to the early ripening of the grapes, we began our "green harvest" just after mid-August, selecting and thinning to eliminate any excessive production. In conclusion, the early harvest coupled with a rainless period of picking allowed us to bring in excellent mature grapes.
The grapes coming from 'La Braccesca Estate' were harvested when they had reached a perfect state of maturation, and vinified separately. After destemming and soft crushing, an extended maceration took place (about 15 days). During this period, the wine completed its alcoholic fermentation at a temperature not exceeding 30°C. After the alcoholic fermentation a blend of syrah and merlot had been made and was then introduced into new barriques (Alliers & Troncais) where its malolactic fermentation was completed. The wine remained for a period of 14 months in the barriques, during this time the wine was racked several times. At the end of the winter the wine was then bottled, where it remained for about one year prior to release.
Alcohol : 13,5% Vol.
La Braccesca estate, on the whole has a total size of approximately 342 ha and is divided into two main blocks: the historical part of the estate is situated in the Montepulciano area and covers 78 ha of vineyards; the other covers 165 ha of vineyards, and is situated at the foot of the hills around Cortona. This area has demonstrated to be a best-suited area for the production of syrah and this is the area where we are building up the new cellars.
Very deep in colour with fruity, intense aromas with hints of vanilla. On the palate, rich with an excellent structure and a full, lingering finish.