October 9th the super harvest 2019 is over
Chronicle of a marvellous harvest at Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino and Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda. How the Super Brunello 2019 was born.
This will be remembered as the harvest of the perfect and indestructible Sangiovese because the grapes arrived in the cellar in perfect conditions, without mould, in spite of the two storms that arrived at the end of September and on October the 2nd when it almost hailed.
“It looks like Cabernet” said the enologist Valerie Lavigne observing the tiny berries, when she came to decide the harvest’s schedule. And she was right because Sangiovese behaved just like the famous French grape. The colour extraction was immediate and intense, the bunches had no mould despite the rain. Perfection! Never seen an harvest like this!
The vines remained green and luxuriant until the day of the harvest, just like the famous vintage 2010, there were a lot of very high quality grapes.
Now we know that great harvest come from rainy winters or springs that allow the soil to accumulate water and very hot summers interrupted by brief storms. The milder climate of the last years increased the quality potential of Sangiovese and Brunello.
This harvest lasted a month, to pick each vineyard at the perfect moment, with no rush, with extreme selections that required to harvest the same vineyard three times. The choice of separating all the best grapes without mixing bunches with different ripeness levels required a lot of extra work.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE FERMENTATION
Very rich musts from a polyphenolic point of view with impressive colour extractions. In fermentation the temperatures are kept spontaneously regular, without heat spikes and the thermoregulation, although turned on, does not come into operation because the sensors do not require it. In fact, at the Fattoria del Colle, at night, the thermometer drops so much that it requires a small heating of the vats. It is the year of the very long macerations, the wine evolves well and therefore the raking has been delayed by a week -10 days for all types.