Cortona DOC Syrah
The rainy weather in early spring and slightly above-average temperatures for the season caused budbreak to take place a few days earlier than usual. The subsequent weather conditions resulted in excellent flowering and fruit set, with balanced productivity levels. The unusually rainy summer from mid-July onwards created some problems for the ripeness and health of the grapes. In the last three weeks of the harvest the weather was extremely variable: initially stable (allowing the grapes to ripen fully) followed by a great deal of rain towards the end. The 2002 harvest was one of the hardest in recent years, and although some areas yielded an excellent level of quality, in others the results were less than satisfactory, principally due to the weather.
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 the wine 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 and soft with structure and a full, lingering finish.