Vignavecchia

Vignavecchia

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Made only in select vintages, this is the estate’s smallest and most prized cru. Produced from a tiny, west-facing, 2-hectare (5 acres) vineyard planted on a steep hill in 1988, this is the winery’s oldest and most prized vineyard block.

 

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Climate trend

The winter was not particularly cold, and spring arrived slightly earlier than usual, with temperatures slightly above average, giving the vines’ shoots the opportunity to uniformly develop. The following weeks saw frequent rainfall, which allowed the land to build water reserves, alternating with periods of dry weather, enabling the vines to continue growing without any problems. The damp conditions during flowering led to the formation of bunches that were slightly more sparse than usual and with rather small berries, ideal preconditions for reaching harvest time with perfectly ripe and healthy grapes. However, the feature that will make vintage 2016 particularly memorable is the excellent temperature range that characterized the months of July, August and September, with sunny days and cool, breezy nights. We therefore reached the beginning of October with grapes that exhibited a superb combination of maturity, acidity and aromatic potential, perfect conditions for the production of wines with a distinct personality and a great balance of concentration, elegance and longevity; a perfect reflection of the production philosophy of San Polo.

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Grape varieties

Grape varieties

Sangiovese 100%

Soil

Vineyard

Vignavecchia - 2 hectares (4.94 acres)

Harvest

Grapes are hand harvested in small 17 kg crates during the first October weeks

Bottle

Size

750 / 1.5 lt / 3 lt

Barrel

Vinification

Soft crushing of the grapes after careful selection of the berries

Ageing

30 months in lightly-toasted  600 litres tonneaux with thick staves. This is followed by at least 6 months of bottle ageing before its market release.

Fermentation

In 600 litres tonneaux

Malolactic fermentation

In 600 litres tonneaux

Awards

91

Wine&Spirits

95, Cellar Selection

Wine Enthusiast

96

Wine Advocate

97

James Suckling

97, Top 20 best cru of Brunello di Montalcino

Guida Essenziale ai Vini d'Italia di Daniele Cernilli - DoctorWine

95, Cellar Selection

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