Appodiato di Gaville Sillano – I.G.T. Toscana 2012

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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.

The 2012 Vintage

The 2012 Vintage is characterized by wines of excellent quality, with high polyphenols and alcohol levels. These characteristics have contributed to well-balanced wines with a flavor profile particularly true to variety and to its territory, ideal for a very long cellaring .

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

It was placed in small (lt.225) new French and American oak barrels for 12 months.

Bottling

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

Production

2,500 bottles.

Bottle age

In our temperature controlled cellar for at least 48 months.

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 14.25%, total acidity 5.2 per thousand, color 14.65, sugar 0.9 per thousand, polyphenols 3421 mg/l, dry extract 32.4 g/l.

Serving temperature

17-19°C, 63-66°F.

Gastronomy

Best served with game roasts and grilled meats.

This wine, of great structure and concentration, is designed to reward extensive cellaring.