THE 2002 GROWING SEASON
15% Cabernet Sauvignon
Winter 2002 was characterised by mild temperatures and a higher than average rainfall. Budding was early, ocurring during the last few days of March and early April. Spring saw moderate temperatures and above average rainfall. The climatic conditions continued to be ideal through the summer 2002 until mid August after which time there was above average rainfall which made it necessary to make a very careful selection in the vineyards during harvest time.
VINIFICATION AND AGEING
The grapes were harvested in the following periods during the 2002 vintage: Merlot: during the first week of September Cabernet Sauvignon: from mid-September to the end of September Sangiovese: from end September to beginning October Each grape variety is vinified separately in small stainless tanks so fermentation management (extraction and temperature) can respect the different characteristics of each variety. Malolactic fermentation is carried out in stainless steel after the alcoholic fermentation. The wine is then matured for 10 months in 2 – 4 year old barrels, which have previously been used for Masseto and Ornellaia ageing.
WINEMAKER’S TASTING NOTES
The 2002 Le Volte is a true expression of mediterranean Tuscany with its attractive ripe fruity aromas and its soft round palate structure. The blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot results in a well balanced wine made in a very approachable style. It has a vibrant colour, intense berry aromas and flavours, round tannins and an appealing finish.
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