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Castel Giovanelli

SAUVIGNON
DOC 2014

The physical sensuality of a pleasure garden pervaded by hints of the wild. Lose your senses in a labyrinth of fragrances and find them again thanks to the thread of minerality that leads you to your gustatory goal.

Varietal(s): Sauvignon blanc
Age of vines: 16 years
Temperature: 12 – 14 °C
Age-ability: 2017 – 2023
Yield: 45 hl/ha
Vine training: Wire-trained
Alcohol: 13,5 %
Residual sugar: 3,5 g/l
Tot. Acidity: 6,8 g/l

VINTAGE

The 2014 growing year began with a very mild, wet winter. Temperatures well above seasonal averages led to budbreak in mid March about three weeks early. Despite this abnormal start to the year, the early budbreak was lost during the exceptionally cool, rainy summer months, which forced our growers to work hard and long. Relatively low temperatures during harvest, which began in the first week of September, meant that ripening was slow and prolonged. In the event, the process continued until the end of October for the later-ripening red varieties. Meticulous selection and lower yields per hectare enabled the red grapes to take advantage of extended ripening and well-timed picking to deliver fresh, fruit-led wines that offer an intriguing interplay of extract, savouriness and structure.

VINIFICATION

Extremely prolonged pressing of the grapes in their entirety, spontaneous fermentation of the unfiltered juice in the large casks (500 l), 10 months maturing in the wood on fine lees with bâtonnage.

VINEYARD

East-facing slope at 500 meters above sea level, loamy, chalky gravel with porphyry and weathered granite, providing a prominent mineral character to the site. South-facing slope, 350 m, chalky gravel soils.

TASTING NOTES

– golden yellow with hints of green
– fruit reminiscent of ripe gooseberries, apples and peaches
– juicy, with elegant fruit on the palate, mineral notes and a melting finish

RECOMMENDATION

This wine is paired well with asparagus, onion soup, escargot, and fish dishes, and may also be enjoyed as an aperitif.

AWARDS

Gambero Rosso – 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014: 2 Glasses
Decanter - 2014: 90 p. (Highly recommended)
Slow Wine - 2014: Grande Vino - Great Wine
Wine&Spirits - 2013: 92 p.
Le Guide de l’Espresso – 2011: 17 p.
I vini di Veronelli – 2014: 92 p.
Bibenda – 2011, 2014: 4 Grapes
Doctor Wine - 2013: 92 p.; 2014: 91 p.
Luca Maroni - 2013: 90 p.
Falstaff –2011, 2014: 91 p.; 2010: 92 p.
Robert Parker – 2011: 92 p.
Wine Surf – 2014: 4 stelle (best Sauvignon of Alto Adige)