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.
‘Seggio’ is the name of the creek that runs through Bolgheri - its course from above is represented on the label. This wine is produced from different plots of vineyards in the Poggio al Tesoro estate. The Cabernet Sauvignon is grown in the Via Bolgherese vineyards, at 56 metres above sea level. Here soils are deep, with coarse-grained red sand, that is gravelly and well-drained with a layer of clay four feet below the surface. The other varieties are grown in the Le Sondraia vineyard 35 metres above sea level where the soils are clayey with well-drained sandy silt and high concentrations of magnesium and iron.
Ample water was available following a very wet winter allowing the vines to bud and flower until early June and ideal summer conditions ensured all subsequent phenological stages: from fruit set to maturity, developed evenly. A hot July was mitigated by timely thunderstorms, while a sunny, breezy August allowed the grapes to reach a perfect phenolic ripeness before harvest commenced on the 31st August. 2015 may be considered one of Bolgheri’s great vintages with wines exhibiting balance, great structure and intense aromatics.
Following destemming and gentle pressing to partially rupture the berries, fermentation took place over 12 days in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at 28-30°C. The wine was then aged for 15 months in 225 litre French oak barrique from Allier (30% new, 70% second fill) during which time malolactic fermentation occurred naturally.
This wine is intense ruby red in colour with aromas of fresh crunchy red berries enriched with mineral and spicy notes. The red fruit follows onto the palate which is medium bodied with elegant silky tannins and a lively clean finish.
|Grape varieties||40% Merlot
30% Cabernet Sauvignon
20% Cabernet Franc
10% Petit Verdot
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