Appodiato di Gaville Sillano – I.G.T. Toscana 2000

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Vineyard location

South and south-east exposures on medium steepness slope.

Vineyard age

Planted in the early 1980’s with one area grafted in 1997 at a density of 2×1 meters (7×3 ft), equivalent to 5,000vines/ha (2.080/6c).

Trellising method

Trained to a unilateral cordon with vertical shoot positioning.

Grapes

Sangiovese 60% of unknown clonal origin and Cabernet Sauvignon 40%, grafted with buds field selected from our Chianciano/Montepulciano estate. The rootstock type is not known.

Soil

From the Eocene epoch of the Tertiary period (15 million years ago) the soil displays strata of clay scists, calcareous and arenaceous deposits, as well as sardy clays.

The 2000 Vintage

A cold, dry Winter was followed by a wet, mild Spring which resulted in a very vigorous start of vegetation. A warm Summer was followed by early September rains fostering an excellent ripeness of the grapes. Field selection of grape clusters required particular care at harvest time.

Harvest

October 2nd and 3rd.

Grape at harvest

Sugar 24.50%, total acidity 6.75 per thousand, ph 3.28.

Vinification

Small lot fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at 28°C (82°F) using selected yeast. Fourteen day maceration with frequent aerations, pump-overs and punch-downs of the cap for optimum polyphenol extraction.

Malolactic fermentation

Started during the primary fermentation it continued for 4 days after being drawn off the lees.

Aging

Placed in new French and American oak barrels on February 13th, 2001 it was taken cut to settle in stainless steel tanks at the end of February 2002.

Bottling

To protect the vineyard’s character this wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered on March 6th, 2002.

Production

5,300 bottles.

Affinamento in bottiglia

In locale interrato, a temperatura naturale e costante, per oltre 45 mesi. Disponibile da aprile 2006.

Color

Dark, deep, amaranth-ruby hue

Bouquet

Rich and complex, with blackberries jam and licorice, spicy notes of cacao, coffee. black pepper and a hint of vanilla.

Taste

Full-bodied, powerful and developed with integrated tannins and oak flavors.

Analytical data at the time of bottling

Alcohol 13.59%, total acidity 5.70 per thousand, color 14.01, sugar 1.45 per thousand, polyphenols 3.728 mg/l, dry extract 31.2 g/l.

Serving temperature

17-19°C, 63-66°F.

Gastronomy

Best served with game roasts and grilled meats.