Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018

Brunello harvest begins with good-vintage predictions


(ANSA) - Montalcino, September 20 - Brunello, one of
Italy's most age-worthy fine wines, is gearing up for a year
that will be "lower in bulk, higher in quality," president of
the Consortium of Brunello di Montalcino, Fabrizio Bindocci said
in preparation for the harvest kick-off this week.
In fact, the consortium is predicting a harvest 10% lower
in quantity than last year.
"Despite a very hot and dry summer, the late rains have
restored balance and created the best conditions for ripening,"
Bindocci notes.
Made exclusively from the Sangiovese Grosso grape,
Brunello is known for intense aromas and flavors of black
cherry, blackberry and black raspberry, with characteristic
notes of violets, cocoa and leather.
It rivals the great Barolos of Piedmont for aging since it
is packed with intense tannins and high acidity.
But it is the climate of Montalcino, the Tuscan town known
as Brunello headquarters, and the surrounding area that has the
most considerable effect on these distinctive wines.
Though the quality-quantity ratio will be seen at the end
of the harvest, 'with figures at hand,' the outlook is very
optimistic says the consortium.
Two hundred and fifty producers make up the consortium and
divide up 3,500 hectars among them.
On average each year, 8,500,000 bottles of Brunello are
produced, along with 4,000,000 of lesser-valued Rosso di
Montalcino, plus 80,000 of dessert wine Moscadello.
Montalcino producers average a 150-million-euro turnover

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