Vintage 2019 fully achieved our goals in terms of health, productivity and quality of the grapes.
First of all, it was an year characterized by an unusually warm mild winter (especially in the months of February and March) with no rainfalls, which allowed the sprouting of the vines a week earlier compared to the historical average. Subsequently, the exceptionally cold and very rainy month of May postponed the flowering of the vineyards to the first ten days of June.
The summer, on the other hand, was very hot and with few rainfalls.
As a consequence, in some vineyards it was necessary to intervene with emergency sub-irrigation to contain the water-stress of the vines that occurred at the end of July.
Fortunately, at the beginning of August some thunderstorms brought in total about 100 mm of water which allowed to rebalance the water-ratio of the plants and let us harvest in September healthy, completely and perfectly ripen grapes.
On the steepest hills, on the contrary, the natural grass cover and the sowing of green manure (“sovescio”) helped to retain water underground and then release it slowly in favor of the vines.
The harvest of our white wines in the Collio vineyards began on August 30th 2019 with the first Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon grapes and has lasted for a month.
Overall, the grapes resulted extraordinary healthy with a higher sugar concentration than in previous years.
In the cellar, fermentations and maturations took place regularly. The wines, according to the meteorological trend of the year, are characterized by a beautiful body and a solid structure, with about half a degree more in the alcoholic percentage. During the ripening period the daily temperature changes occurred allowed the berries to preserve a sufficient total acidity and to obtain wines with strong aromaticity.
The first bottlings of our white wines were carried out in the first ten days of March during the waning moon in our cellar in Dolegna del Collio.