The Capezzana estate, 24 kilometres north west of Florence, is owned by the...
Contini Bonacossi family. The younger generation is now firmly in charge of the estate's 100 hectares of vineyard, with daughter Benedetta Contini Bonacossi as winemaker and Francesco Bernabei as consultant winemaker. The wines and the olive oil have an elegance which marks this estate out from the crowd.
Olive trees in this area, close to the most northern frontier of olive cultivation, produce less than one tenth of the quantity produced by those in milder, more southerly climes. This oil is made primarily from Moraiolo. This is an early ripening variety, so the olives tend to be blacker when picked resulting in softer, fruitier oils. The estate has 140 hectares of olive groves with 26,000 trees.
The 2016 olive season started with a very good flowering and fruit set. A very warm and dry summer followed; the high temperature accelerated olive ripening, therefore harvest started as early as the 10th October this year. The draught meant lower quantity (down to half of the average production) but a very good quality for the olive groves in the Capezzana estate.
In Extra Virgin olive oil, the level of oleic acid must not exceed 0.8% (Capezzana's rarely reaches 0.2%). This is achieved by picking early and processing the olives within 12 hours. Ultra modern, stainless steel continuous presses are used. Most experts agree that this method of pressing results in fresher, cleaner oils that retain their colour and fruitiness for a longer period of time as oxidation has been prevented. The oil is then settled in a mixture of terracotta 'orci' (urns) and stainless steel vats before bottling.
Olive oil has a very intense green colour and shows very fresh fruity aromas of freshly cut grass and artichokes. On the palate it is dense and viscous, with flavours that match the aromas on the nose with a very long finish with a touch of spice. A very elegant and harmonious olive oil.
|Olive varieties||60% Moraiolo
|Oil Producer||Filippo Contini Bonacossi|
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