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Messorio, first produced in 1994, Messorio was a personal challenge with one of the most planted varieties in Bolgheri, on the Tuscan coast, and in the world: Merlot. From the start, the idea was to transform the best bunches into an impactful wine with a lot of personality, staying as far away as possible from the more soft, predictable style that is often associated with Merlot and instead making a thoroughbred eager to win the race. The name “messorio” refers to the wheat harvest, one of the most fundamental parts of the agricultural cycle.

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Wines | Messorio | 2012

Harvest Reports

Harvest 2012 has certainly been, for Le Macchiole, one of the longest in the past few years (no less than 43 days!), due to the special and favorable weather conditions that gave grapes time to reach the optimum sugar and phenolic ripening level. In early summertime, the year did not look so promising; warm temperatures and lack of rainfall made us fear the worst. That is why all vineyard work was aimed at protecting the vine’s vegetative cycle by working the soil’s surface layer and carefully lightening the foliage  (by removing the secondary shoots, not by topping the plants) to allow the vines to deal with the summer’s heatwave. This proved to be a successful move: by the middle of the summer season, when the weather changed by bringing breezy winds and rainfall, the vegetative cycle recovered its strength and achieved excellent grape ripeness. Grape yield was below average for the early varieties, but the year’s weather conditions allowed us to work at a less feverish pace and perform a more careful selection of the grapes and winemaking process and a more cautious choice of vinification strategies. ->

Technical Sheets

Denomination: Toscana IGT

First Vintage: 1994

Grape varieties: Merlot 100%

Vineyards: Puntone 1993, Vignone 1999

Training System: guyot

Yield: 800 gr per plant

Harvest period: 2nd week of September

Winemaking: fermentation and maceration for 25 days, a part in steel tanks and a part in concrete

Aging: 20 months, 75% in new oak barriques and 25% in 2nd-use barriques

Bottling: August 26, 2014

Le Macchiole - Messorio