Here’s to a super 2020 harvest! Key word: organic.
While waiting to harvest the bunches of the Raboso grapes that are still hanging on our vines, let us give you an insight into how harvest 2020 has unfolded!
In one of our previous articles that you can read here, we talked about the first stages of harvest 2020: the white wines are now fermenting, releasing week over week the most distinctive aromas that we were expecting to get from the healthy grapes harvested. In January 2021 we will sample the final outcome as the new DOC Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay bottlings will be presented.
Once the white and resistant grapes had been harvested, it was time to pick the red ones: Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Their berries will be made into our No Added Sulphites red wines.
We started to pick our Organic Merlot on September 17th and finished on September 23rd, whereas Cabernet was not harvested until September 28th: the red grapes looked particularly healthy this year thanks to their good structure as well as an excellent and high alcohol level. Our winemakers expect to obtain premium reds with a good alcohol content and darker red hues compared to previous years. Thanks to our experience in making red NSA wines, which traces back to 2007, we are sure that this year too the results will be good: the healthiest grapes selected for the NSA line displayed a good structure and a great sugar content and no botrytis-related issues were detected. Currently our red grapes are being filtered: Merlot Khorus and Cabernet Cortis resistants will give the very first bottlings from this year’s harvest: Novello 2020 nuveau wine, whose release will happen as of October 31st 2020!
Pinot Noir has undoubtedly taken center stage this year. Harvest started around the beginning of September and will culminate in the release of a brand new DOC red wine. The early ripening grapes produced the typical PN small bunches whose berries have been skin fermented for two weeks. We will get a light ruby red wine rich in flavours! 10% of our Pinot Noir grapes are intended for the production of the newly introduced PROSECCO ROSÉ. Stay tuned!
Also our Raboso grapes, the very last variety that will be harvested from our vineyards, boast rich berries. Dotted with violet spots against an orangish background, the vineyard looks like a portrait! A very good sugar concentration is accompanying the ripening of the grapes that will be fully and meticulously hand picked starting from October 12th: see you among the Raboso raws!
Weather and characteristics
2020 has been a peculiar vintage whose frequent rainfalls have led to a slight decrease in crop yield. Grape quality instead has not been affected by the weather. Sunshine and mild temperatures allowed for the development of lush high-yielding vines.
Following a low-rain period from the end of winter to the beginning of spring, by closely inspecting the first buds we immediately understood that budbreak would take place later this year.
This year’s weather conditions have seriously put the grapes to the test, especially the white grapes due to the extensive rains in the summer with few drought periods. June downpours threatened the health of our vines and berries that can only be protected where a timely application of organic treatments occurs. Organic farming in fact relies on a key element: the constant monitoring of the vines. This practice at our estate is performed by three experienced agronomists whose role is to look after the vines and adopt a prevention approach aimed at identifying even the minor sign towards this goal. July’s balanced weather conditions allowed the vines to develop well-proportioned acidity and freshness levels.
On sustainability and more
Organic farming requires a change of mindset. You choose to go organic only if it is something that reflects your inner nature. Paying attention to each and every detail, complying with rules, regulations and certification guidelines are all key factors. This year too our pomace has been reused into organic byproducts. Around 400 tons of pomace have been sent in fact to Villapana distillers in Faenza where the grape seeds will be dried to obtain a food oil rich in nutrients that can be used as a supplement to our daily meals. The discarded products from this process will then be employed in biomass systems and for the production of alcohol.