Appodiato di Gaville Sillano – I.G.T. Toscana 2007

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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 5,000 vines/ha (2,080/ac).

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 sandy clays.

Vintage 2007

The excellent seasonal progression allowed the optimal maturation of the fruit that is some locations reached excellence. Clusters were perfectly healthy and balanced in all components. These characteristics allowed for wines of great structure and excellent polyphenolic components which are ideal for long cellaring.

Grape at harvest

Sugar 23.91%, total acidity 6.35 per thousand, ph 3.15.

Malolactic fermentation

Started during the primary fermentation it continued for 5 days after being drawn off the lees.

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.

Aging

Alaced in new French and American oak barrels on March 3 rd , 2008 it was taken out to settle in stainless steel tanks at the end of February 2009.

Bottling

To protect the vineyard’s character this wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered in March 2009.

Production

1,000 bottles.

Bottle age

In our temperature controlled cellar for at least 48 months. Released October 2011.

Color

Dark, deep, amaranth-ruby hue.

Taste

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

Bouquet

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

Analytical data at the time of bottling

Alcohol 14.02%, total acidity 5.35 per thousand, color 18.00, sugar 1.74 per thousand, polyphenols 3,750 mg/l, dry extract 32.2 g/l.

Serving temperature

17-19°C, 63-66°F.