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Sauvignon
DOC 2016

Fragrances that enfold as discreetly as a sunny morning.

Varietal(s): Sauvignon blanc
Age of vines: 10 – 20 years
Temperature: 10 – 12 °C
Age-ability: 2017 – 2022
Yield: 60 hl/ha
Vine training: Wire-trained
Alcohol: 14,0 %
Residual sugar: 2,0 g/l
Tot. Acidity: 6,0 g/l

VINTAGE

The 2016 vintage produced numerous surprises. The mild spring was succeeded by a frigid April that initially brought growth to a standstill. Constant hard work in the vineyard ensured that the situation was kept under control. A changeable start to the summer was followed by sunny days in late August and September. The grape harvest began in mid-September. The white wines are distinguished by a pleasant aroma supported by a well-structured acidity, while the red wines are marked by their powerful fragrance and matching.

VINIFICATION

Destemming of ripe and perfectly healthy grapes, ten to eighteen hour cold maceration before pressing, natural must clarification, and a slow, controlled fermentation at 16 °C (20 % in big barrels), five-month ageing on the fine lees, followed by filtration and bottling in March.

VINEYARD

Vineyard sloping to the southeast at 450 – 500 meters above sea leve, situated on sunny slopes and provide cool nights during the ripening period, which helps to build fresh aromas and maintain a refreshing acidity. Sandy, loamy conglomerate soil on bedrock (porphyry and granite.

TASTING NOTES

– light, straw-yellow
– elderberry, cassis and exotic fruit on the nose, with subtle
gooseberry overtones
– fruit also present on the palate, sweet – sour, good length with
a fruit-dominated finish

RECOMMENDATION

This wine pairs well with light appetizers, fish dishes and also as an aperitif.

AWARDS

Gambero Rosso – 2008, 2010-2015: 2 Glasses
Robert Parker - 2015: 91 p.
BIBENDA – 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015: 4 Grapes
Doctor Wine – 2014: 91 p.
sauvignon blanc masters – 2014: Gold
Luca Maroni – 2015: 93 p.
Vinous – 2012: 90 p.
I vini di Veronelli – 2015: 90 p.