Allegrini La Grola 2012

£17.99

 

TASTING NOTE

A full bodied, intense and elegant wine. Dark ruby red in colour, it has a wide, embracing bouquet with notes of wild berries, juniper, tobacco and coffee essence. The high plant density and resulting low yields give this wine its unique concentration. Suitable for ageing up to 10-12 years.

La Grola was bought by Allegrini in 1979. It is situated 310m above sea level. The 30 hectare vineyard has a south-easterly aspect, well-drained calcareous and clay soils and vines planted from 1979-1998.  The vines are double Guyot trained at a density of 4,240 vines per hectare and have an average age of 25 years.

The summer was abnormal given the high temperatures and the prolonged absence of rainfall. The providential downpour on 17th July, with 25 mm of rain managed however, to restore water reserves and bring the vegetation back into a state of equilibrium. In addition, the abundant and much-needed rainfall at the beginning of September - about 80 mm - changed the macroclimate substantially, bringing with it the significant differences in day and night-time temperatures that are so indispensable for producing a wide range of aromas and for the retention of acidity, as well as for the phenolic ripening of the grapes. Although there was a decline in average production of 10% - 15%, the heat wave did not scorch the clusters.

The grapes were harvested in the second half of September followed by de-stemming and crushing.  Fermentation took place at temperatures between 20-28°C.  Maceration lasted for 15 days during which pumping over took place daily.  Malolactic fermentation took place naturally in October.  The wine was then racked into oak where it matured for 16 months before being blended and spending a further two months in tank before bottling.  The wine was then matured in bottle for ten months before release.

80% Corvina/Corvinone
10% Syrah/Shiraz

10% Oseleta

13.7% abv

Allegrini La Grola 2012
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