Vintage: 2021

VintageProduct CodeFormatClosureAvailability
2021TE204B216 x 75Agglomerated CorkAvailable
Vegetarian
Vegan
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

Fruit for this wine is sourced from the Le Sondraie vineyard in the port city of Livorno, on the west coast of Tuscany. The vines face west/south-west and are planted at an altitude of just 25 metres above sea level. Soils here are well-drained and composed of clay and sandy silt with a high presence of magnesium and iron. The 15-year-old vines are spur cordon and guyot trained with a very high density of planting (7,936 vines per hectare), producing low yields.

Vintage

The Bolgheri area experienced an extended dry period that ran from mid-May until the end of harvest. The summer, while dry, was breezy with warm temperatures. Luckily, this followed a wet winter which built up good water reserves and prevented vine stress throughout the dry period. There were significant temperature changes between day and night, which enabled the grapes to maintain acidity and develop strong aromatics. The 2021 vintage was good overall, and can be characterised by wines that are fresh with a distinct minerality and persistence.

Vinification

After destemming and a gentle pressing, fermentation took place in stainless-steel tanks at temperatures of 26-28°C for 12 days. Following malolactic fermentation, the wine was transferred to second-use French oak barriques where it was aged for eight months.

Tasting Notes & Technical Details

The 2021 blend is characterised by a high percentage of Syrah, creating a strong and clear wine with intense notes of cherry, red plum, and warm spices. On the palate, this wine has a soft and enveloping taste filled with red berries and sweet toasted notes, which are supported by a pleasant acidity.

Alcohol (ABV)

14%

Acidity

5.45 g/l

Residual Sugar

1.4 g/l

pH

3.55

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Poggio al Tesoro`Sondraia` Bolgheri SuperioreTE201
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`W Dedicato a Walter` Cabernet FrancTE202
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`Il Seggio` BolgheriTE209
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