Poggio al Tesoro, `Solosole` Vermentino


75cl Bottle
Alcohol (ABV): 13.5 %

Poggio al Tesoro, `Solosole` Vermentino
Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy

An intriguing Vermentino from Bolgheri. Looking to create a wine that was concentrated, elegant and ageworthy, Allegrini planted a very specific Vermentino clone from Corsica. The result is a drinkable white wine with great ageing potential.


Poggio al Tesoro is a 70 hectare property in Bolgheri acquired in 2002 by the Allegrini family. The first vineyard they bought, Le Sondraie, is next door to Ornellaia and was previously rented by them. It is 50 hectares in size and is planted with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and a small amount of Vermentino.


Grapes for the Solosole are grown in the 'Le Sondraie' vineyard which covers seven hectares at an altitude of 25 metres above sea level. It faces west, with deep sandy soils with gravel and clay. The eight-year-old vines are trained in Guyot style and are planted at 7,936 plants per hectare.


During winter the weather was good, with very little rain and slightly lower than usual average temperatures that helped to combat insect infestations that can damage the vines. Spring was marked by early bud burst, while the frosts that hit various Italian regions did not adversely affect the vegetation. The summer saw sunny days and constant breezes. Early July was marked by relatively elevated humidity for the coastal area. The first significant rainfall occurred in mid-September, followed again by warm, bright days. Irrigation management was more complex than usual, coordinated with the help of mini weather stations equipped with sensors capable of detecting soil moisture and the release of vapour. But as always, human observation was invaluable: visual and manual monitoring of swelling in the leaves and grapes prompted timely interventions with exactly the right amount of water, enabling them to keep the grapes healthy


The grapes were hand harvested and sorted on arrival at the winery. The whole grapes were then gently pressed and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at approximately 16° C for 20 days. No malolactic fermentation took place and the wine remained in tank on its lees until bottling.


This bright straw yellow wine has aromas of acacia blossom, yellow plums and subtle grapefruit. Medium bodied, the palate is refined and succulent with refreshing acidity and delicate apricot on the finish.

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