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Marlborough - New Zealand
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Niagra Falls Canada
29 April 2015
After a few years of careful consideration and planning, we finally have the pleasure of introducing you to our new initiative, Collezione Millesimi (Vintage-dated Collection).
Straw yellow, coppery, paper white, rosé, onion skin: these are the hues that we can expect when we encounter a Pinot Grigio, so that the question often legitimately arises of what exactly is the correct colour expression of this wine.
The nature of rock and the stratification of the soil directly affect the growth pattern of plants, by influencing their take-up of water and minerals. The grapevine is one of the plants most sensitive to such pedoclimatic changes; even though it demonstrates a certain degree of hardiness that allows it to adapt to a considerable range of soils, it does respond physiologically in different ways to even limited variations.
This individual response ensures that each vineyard, and thus the wine that it yields, represents a natural unit inseparable from the piece of earth that generated it, and it thus can be rightly considered a unique and irreproducible natural heritage in itself.
These are the reasons that justified our decision to vinify separately our various blocks of grapes, preserving their expressive purity of their source of origin.
To give a completely accurate idea of our area, we must point out that not all of its soils reflect exactly the characteristics and formation process described in the preceding section.
One must in fact distinguish between autochthonous soils, those formed in loco, and allochthonous soils, those formed elsewhere and transported by water and subsequently deposited as sediment. The first are the soils described previously, and on which our vineyards are planted. The second category, on the other hand, was formed by recent alluviation provided by streams that carried clays from morainic hills. Those soils have no grainy-pebbly texture but are primarily composed of dense clays, very deep, of uniform character, and devoid of stratification. The high fertility and abundant water-holding capacity of such soils allows higher-yielding vineyards, suitable for a different kind of winemaking.
The same characteristics are present in colluvial deposits, formed by clays washed down from morainic slopes; these washes accumulate at the foot of hills, covering a narrow strip of Eocene benchlands.
The local area is thus characterised by two quite distinct soil typologies, and those soils deriving from alteration processes occurring in loco represent, for us, the most valuable vineyard sites.