Vercesi del Castellazzo Cla’ 2013 Lombardy, Italy
Ruby colour. Balsamic notes on the nose with hints of cherry, dark fruit and spices. Vibrant acidity, solid tannic structure and good length.
About the winemaker
The Azienda Agricola Vercesi del Castellazzo is located on the slopes of the Oltrepò Pavese hills, in the village of Montù Beccaria in the Italian province of Pavia, Lombardy. The 20 hectares of vines have a south-southeast and south-southwest exposure. The Vercesi family has been growing grapes there since 1808. Nowadays they produce 13 different wines – nine reds and four whites – made with Croatina, Pinot Noir, Barbera, Vespolina, Merlot, Uva Rara and Cabernet Sauvignon. Since 1995, the winery complies with the European legislation on the reduction of environmental impact. Their agricultural practices are designed to preserve nature. The vineyards are completely grassed, no herbicides are used, vine cuttings are shred not to deprive the soil of nutrients, copper and sulphur are the only fungicides employed. They do not use sulphur dioxide during vinification – only small amounts during the bottling process – and they rely on wild yeasts only.
|Viticulture and Winemaking|
After devatting, the wine completes its alcoholic fermentation in a steel tank before malolactic fermentation begins, Clà is put on the market approximately one year after harvest, During the first week, the must is pumped over twice a day, Racked twice over a period of about two weeks it is then bottled without filtration, Suitable for vegetarians, The grapes are harvested by hand, then pressed without added sulphites and left to ferment with wild yeasts at a temperature not exceeding 28°C, The wine is then racked into oak barrels where it rests for about a year