Appodiato di Gaville Sillano – I.G.T. Toscana 2003
South and south-east exposures on medium steepness slope.
Planted in the early 1980’s with one area grafted in 1997 at a density of 2×1 meters (-7×3 ft), equivalent to 5,000 vines/ha (2,080/ac).
Trained to a unilateral cordon with vertical shoot positioning.
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.
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 sandy clays.
The 2003 Vintage
Continental Winter with abundant snow, strong winds and frosts. Spring and Summer were fairly dry, with record breaking temperatures in the summer with peaks over 40°C (104°F). A providential rain prior to the harvest allowed the grapes to reach optimal maturation. Harvest quantities were 30% below average.
September 25th and 26th.
Grape at harvest
Sugar 24.50%, total acidity 6.75 per thousand, ph 3.28.
Small lot fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at 28°C (82°F) using selected yeast. Fourteen day maceration with frequent aeration% pump-overs and punch-downs of the cap for optimum polyphenol extraction.
Fermentation started during the primary fermentation it continued for 5 days after being drawn off the lees.
Placed in new French and American oak barrels in February 16th, 2004 it was taken out to settle in stainless steel tanks at the end of February 2005.
To protect the vineyard’s character this wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered on May 14th, 2005.
In our temperature controlled cellar for at least 48 months. Released October 2011.
Dark, deep, amaranth-ruby hue.
Rich and complex, with blackberries jam and licorice, spicy notes of cacao, coffee, black pepper and a hint of vanilla.
Full-bodied, powerful and developed with integrated tannins and oak flavors.
Analytical data at the time of bottling
Alcohol 13.70%, total acidity 5.1 per thousand, color 14.65, sugar 1.92 per thousand, polyphenols 4,481 mg/l, dry extract 33 g/l.
Best served with game roasts and grilled meats.