Harvest 2012: how did it go?
The racking has just finished, giving excellent results so far.
Has not been an easy vintage in Tuscany, as in many other terroirs of Italy. After the cold that, during the winter, has fallen us into a Siberian climate, slammed the record heat of a extremely arid summer. Then with the first rains of September, the optimism has returned, because the vine, and Sangiovese in particular, has shown great strength and our vineyards cultivated with natural methods have also coped well with water stress thanks to the ability to find in depth their own food.
Of course, it was not all a bed of roses, and in quantitative terms the follies of a crazy climate are being felt, not to mention the timings, considering that we finished harvest on September 25, almost two weeks earlier than usual!
The racking has just finished, with the grapes that have spent between the skins from 20 to 30 days, giving excellent results so far. And is not over here! Even the olive harvest is at the end, just as I'm writing at the oil mill are completing pressing. Even for the olives, it is about three weeks in advance on the normal development, but with conditions more than excellent.
Photo: Filippo Maffei