Castello Albola Chianti Classico Riserva 2014 DOCG
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Type of soil: The vineyard is situated at Pian d’Albola in the hills of Radda in Chianti, at an altitude of around 400 m. (1,310 ft.). It has a southerly exposure, and lies on well-structured clayey soils characterized by the presence of stones (the famous alberese found throughout the Chianti Classico zone).
Training system: Cordon Spur and Tuscan capovolto.
Plant density: 3,500 vines per hectare (1,415 per acre). The average age of the vines is 20 years.
Yield: 6000 Kg. per hectare.
Vinification and ageing: The must, which comes from grapes picked by hand, is placed in horizontal vinifi cation tanks where it remains for around 3 weeks. Once the malolactic fermentation is complete, the wine immediately goes into oak casks for aging. Maturation lastes 15 months: 10% of the wine goes into Allier oak barriques, the remaining 90% into traditional Slavonian oak barrels. This is followed by 12 months’ maturation in stainless steel and a further three months in bottle before release.