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Tuscany

Poggio al Tesoro

One of the most exciting estates to have emerged from Italy in recent...

years, Poggio al Tesoro is a 70 hectare property in Bolgheri acquired in 2002 by the Allegrini family. The first vineyard they bought, Le Sondraia, is next door to Ornellaia and was previously rented by them. It is 12 hectares in size and is planted with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Vineyards

Fruit for this wine is sourced from the six hectare Le Sondraie vineyard. The vines face west/south-west and are planted at an altitude of just 25 metres above sea level. Soils here are well drained and composed of clay and sandy silt with a high presence of magnesium and iron. The vines are seven years old, spur cordon trained with a very high density of planting (7,500 vines per hectare) producing low yields.

Vintage Information

Earlier ripening, lower lying Tuscan vineyards suffered from the wet spring and summer in 2014. At the beginning of September, there was widespread pessimism among growers. Fortunately, an Indian summer led to one nice week after another and the vintage recovered. The resulting wines have lovely aromatics and excellent colour, tannins and acidity.

Vinification

After destemming and soft pressing with partial rupture of the berries, fermentation and a 12 day maceration took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks at 26-28°C. After fermentation, the wine was aged for eight months in second use French oak barriques where malolactic fermentation was allowed to take place.

Tasting Notes

A fragrant and intensely fruity red wine, with aromas of blackberries, plums and cherries interwoven with more incisive peppery notes. The blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot results in an easy-drinking wine whose characters expresses the rich complexity of Bolgheri.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2014
Grape varieties 40% Syrah/Shiraz
30% Cabernet Sauvignon
30% Merlot
Region Tuscany
Winemaker Lorenzo Fortini
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 5.8g/l
Residual Sugar 3g/l
Wine pH 3.65