Vintage: 2016

VintageProduct CodeFormatClosureAvailability
2016TE202B166 x 75Natural CorkAvailable
Producer

Poggio al Tesoro is a 70-hectare Bolgheri estate 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 comprises 50 hectares planted with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and a small amount of Vermentino. All of the Poggio al Tesoro vineyards are located in “soprastrada”, the area east of the Bolgherese road considered the best vineyard site in Bolgheri. The soils here are complex and varied thanks to the mineral composition created by the Seggio stream from the nearby hillsides. A careful soil mapping has also allowed Allegrini to match each plot to the grape variety best suited to its unique growing conditions. This attention to detail continues today with a sustainable and organic approach in the vineyard and winery, where different vessels and techniques are utilised to optimise the potential of each variety and plot. Every year the quality of these exceptional wines continues to improve, reflecting the unique characteristics of the Bolgheri territory.

The ‘Solosole’ Vermentino is crisp and fresh, made from a specially selected Vermentino clone from Corsica. The ‘Pagus Camilla’ is a step up, made from Vermentino sourced from a prime vineyard planted on deep sandy soils by the river Camilla. It is aged on its lees with regular bâtonnage for nine months, creating aromas of Mediterranean herbs and citrus with a marked minerality on the finish. The ‘Sondraia Bianco’ is a small production of 100% Viognier, sourced from the ‘Le Sondraie’ vineyard. Partially fermenting in stainless steel, amphora and barrique results in a wine defined by a characterful bouquet rich in floral and fruity aromas, orange peel and typical Mediterranean scrub. The Cabernet Franc and Merlot-based ‘Cassiopea’ Rosato is a deliciously fruity rosé, softly pressed and fermented in stainless steel.

The ‘Mediterra’, a blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, is a fragrant and intensely fruity red wine. ‘Il Seggio’ is the name of the creek that runs through Bolgheri. The wine that bears its name is a Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot blend aged in 225 litre barriques for 15 months. It is structured, concentrated and fresh. The ‘Sondraia’, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc has a pure cassis note on the nose that gives way to a lovely depth of fruit on the palate. ‘W Dedicato a Walter’ is their pure Cabernet Franc, first produced in 2003. It is lifted yet ripe, intense yet balanced.

Vineyards

This wine is produced from just two rows of vines covering three hectares in the single vineyard “Soprastrada” in the prestigious Via Bolgherese. The vineyard faces west/south-west, situated just 56 metres above sea level, with coarse red sandstone and a layer of deep compact clay, rich in minerals. The vines planted in 1994 are spur-cordon trained, planted at 9,000 vines per hectare. The wine is named after Walter Allegrini, the late brother of Marilisa and Franco.

Vintage

Another vintage to remember, defined by many as one of the earliest on record in Bolgheri. After a rather mild winter, albeit with heavy rainfall, the spring months enjoyed regular rainfall that fostered the uniform development of the buds, which had already appeared in early March. The summer season was dry and breezy with some rainfall in early September that enabled the grapes to ripen in perfect health. During the pre-harvest period, broad variations in day-night temperatures encouraged phenolic and aromatic ripening while maintaining elevated acidity. Vintage 2016 promises intriguing wines with marked varietal personality, good structure and great ageing potential.

Vinification

After de-stemming and soft pressing to partially break the berries, fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at 28-30°C for 15 days with a further 25-30 days skin contact. Malolactic fermentation occurred naturally in barriques at 22°C during the month of November. The wine was aged in 100% new French oak barriques for 24 months before bottling.

Tasting Notes & Technical Details

A rich, dark wine, with a nose of black-berried fruit, black pepper and balsamic hints of eucalyptus. The palate is rich and imposing with integrated velvety tannins, making it both powerful and refined.

Alcohol (ABV)

15%

Acidity

6 g/l

Residual Sugar

1.6 g/l

pH

3.57

Other wines from this producer

Producer
Wine
Product Code
Features
Style
Poggio al Tesoro`Sondraia` Bolgheri SuperioreTE201
Vegetarian
Vegan
R
Red
Factsheet
`Solosole` VermentinoTE203
W
White
`Mediterra`TE204
Vegetarian
Vegan
R
Red
Factsheet
`Cassiopea` Bolgheri RosatoTE205
Ro
Rosé
`Pagus Camilla` VermentinoTE208
W
White
Factsheet
`Il Seggio` BolgheriTE209
R
Red
`Sondraia` BiancoTE210
W
White