The 2016 vintage was marked by a mild and slightly rainy climate. The spring season profited from intense rainfall which guaranteed very useful reserves of groundwater in the soil for the hot and dry summer weather which followed. The late August rains and the lower temperatures which followed brought the growth and development of the vines back into balance. The harvest took place during the third week of September, and the grapes showed an excellent acidity and much aromatic character.
The grapes were picked by hand and, after being destemmed, were very softly pressed to extract the juice as delicately as possible and conserve to the maximum extent its aromatic components. The must was fermented in stainless steel tanks at temperatures between 57° and 61° Fahrenheit (15°-17° centigrade). The blending of the various lots, fermented separately, and the successive bottling took place during the month of January 2017.
The Monteloro estate is located on the hills behind Fiesole approximately 7 miles (12 kilometers) from the city of Florence and is immersed in a panorama of woods and olive trees dotted by villas and country farmhouses. The property extends over a total surface areas of some 375 acres (150 hectares), half of which (187 acres) are planted to vines, and is situated at 1650 feet (500 meters) above sea level. The name “Scabrezza” derives from a unit of measurement of the waters of the Arno river, which flows quite close to the property. The first wine to be produced, in 2007, was “Mezzo Braccio” and it was joined two years later by “Scabrezza”.
A straw yellow in color, the wine offers delicate aromas with notes of apples, orange flowers, and acacia flowers as well. The flavors are both supple and tasty with important mineral sensations on its fresh and sustained finish and aftertaste.