2014 Harvest Report – Montalcino-Pieve Santa Restituta
During 2014 vintage we noticed several similarities in the climatic trend of the four areas in which we operate: Barbaresco, Barolo, Bolgheri and Montalcino. Generally speaking:
- The vintage was distinguished by mild winter and a warm spring.
- Summer time brought a high level of unpredictability to the weather, with abundant rainfalls above average. In such a kind of condition, punctual and frequent preventive interventions were crucial to keep the quality level of the grapes.
- To allow the perfect grape ripening, we increased and hastened the leaves thinning. Meanwhile, the natural grassing of the soil was crucial to contrast any kind of water scarcity in the vineyards.
- A strict green harvest and a stronger selection of the grapes made the difference.
- Summer months were characterized by a cool climate and strong differences between day and night temperatures. This led to a slow and regular phenol maturation of the grapes and allowed the correct thickening of the skins.
- Grapes’ health conditions were good; they went regularly through the fermentation, also thanks to the appropriated level of alcohol.
- The grapes had a good thickness of skins; this allowed the development of a nice aromatic complexity and brought the correct color intensity.
- In terms of quantity, there was a 20-35% general decrease in relation to the 2013 harvest.
- We will make a further selection in the cellar which will allow us to obtain good quality wines, with peaks of excellence.
Specifically, in MONTALCINO – PIEVE SANTA RESTITUTA:
- In Montalcino, the climate trend was different from the last 20 years, more similar to the ’80s: presenting mild winter, humid and warm spring and a not-too-hot summer.
- The abundance of rainfalls during winter and springtime cooled down the soil temperature. This led to a slowing down of the vegetative growth of the vines. The blossoming came with a delay of almost two weeks in comparison with previous years, thus avoiding the scattered summer hail storms.
- The first part of September was characterized by light Tramontane winds and presented a mild and dry weather. The winds helped in maintaining the health conditions of the grapes and slightly hastened the ripening. For this reason, the harvest began on 22 September and ended, without any interruption, on 7 October.