REGION: Tuscany, Italy
VARIETIES: Cabernet Sauvignon 60% Merlot 30% Sangiovese 10%
INFO: All the daily operations are keenly overseen by the owner, Antonio Cavallini with the help of long-term collaborator Tim Manning, a British oenologist who has worked extensively with Pinot Noir in New Zealand and above all, in Oregon. There are about twenty or so small blocks of Vineyard at Il Borghetto, each differing slightly from the other, be it in grape variety or clone, or a difference in soil type and slope aspect. They treat each one as a separate entity so that their individual characters can contribute a particular something to the final blend.
Harvest by hand. Each block is fermented, pressed, racked and aged separately. Use of whole cluster. Natural yeast. Hand plunged; no pump-overs. Long fermentation maceration - on average 40 days. Free-run and pressings kept together. Wines racked and barrelled down with minimal settling. No racking during ageing. The wines are aged for 12 months in french oak.
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