Dianne Tonscana IGT demonstrates the elegance, intensity and complexity we can achieve in this special part of the Chianti Classico region. Our top Supertuscan is made up of our best Cabernet, with a touch of Syrah. Each variety contributes a special characteristic, blending together to make this perfectly balanced wine.
In 2012 precocious varieties like Merlot suffered terribly from the heat and lack of water, whereas later-ripening ones like Sangiovese and Cabernet interrupted their maturation, thus saving the grapes from being stewed by the high temperatures. Rain in September got them going again with very good results. Syrah is a variety used to heat, so though it was the first one to be harvested we got exceptional quality.
Grape Varieties: 40% Sangiovese, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Syrah.
Harvest: September 11th – October 10th.
Ageing: 24 months in used 225-litre barriques.
Bottling: March 2015.
Harvest Report: 2012 was our first vintage. It was a very hot summer, and the heat certainly affected the grapes. We also lost a lot of buds and grapes to roe-deer who tend to venture out of the woods when short of food. The Merlot suffered the heat, with grapes becoming over-ripe and jammy, but the Syrah, which stands up to heat much better, was exceptional, though we only made little more than two barriques. The heat almost stopped the ripening of the Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Cabernet, so the welcome rain in early September meant the grapes were late but perfectly ripe, without any over-ripening. The 2012 harvest started on September 11th and finished on October 10th, and it was interrupted by occasional rainy days, which never caused any difficulties.
REVIEWS AND REWARDS
by Antonio Gallonin
The cool vintage did not prevent our fabulous Cabernet and best Sangiovese from ripening perfectly, also thanks to the small tough berries and loose bunches.
Grape Varieties: 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Syrah, 17% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot.
Harvest: September 26th – October 16th.
Ageing: Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah 12 months in new barriques and tonneaux; Sangiovese 12 months in neutral barriques; Merlot 12 months in steel.
Bottling: January 2016.
Harvest Report: Very wet, with repeated rainfalls during the summer, which required severe green harvest and spraying of sulphur and copper. Total production was Hl 28\3,4 from 10 hectares. Fortunately good weather during harvest and selective picking (up to three different selections in each vineyard) rewarded us for the hard work in the vineyards during the ripening season. Compared to 2012, we made wines more typical of our territory: full-bodied, warm with a silky tannin structure.
REVIEWS AND AWARDS
A cool challenging vintage for most, an excellent one for us!
Varieties: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon 25% Syrah
Ageing:24 months in barriques and tonneaux di 1st, 2nd e 3rd passage
Bottled March 2017
Bottles made: 4000
The 2014 Vintage: frequent rain and low average temperatures required several rigorous sprayings of copper and sulphur, and the thinning of leaves in front of the grapes to allow better airing and keep them dry. Despite hard work in the vineyard, we learned that fresh vintages like 2014 go very well with our terroir, as we are in one of the warmest areas in the Chianti Classico appellation. In contrast with many other areas, this was a very good vintage for us.