CHIANTI COLLI FIORENTINI DOCG 2012 HARVEST: GOOD QUALITY!
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CHIANTI COLLI FIORENTINI DOCG HARVEST 2012: THE SUMMER DROUGHT HAS NOT DAMAGED QUALITY
The first impressions of the 2012 wine season emerge after de-vatting. The threat of a repeat of 2003 has been avoided, thanks to the end-of-August rain and the experience of the wine producers
FLORENCE (19 November 2012) – After the scare caused by the extreme summer heat and absence of rain, the Chianti Colli Fiorentini Consortium‘s vine-growers can finally heave a sigh of relief: 2012 will be another quality year for the lion rampant DOCG . The extreme weather conditions in July and August have in fact only partially damaged the grapes, and although production quantity will be below average, the signs are that from a qualitative point of view it will turn out to be a satisfactory vintage.
This is encouraging news both for the wine-making enterprises who make up the Consortium and for the countless connoisseurs who appreciate Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG: good news made possible by a combination of different factors. The first of these is meteorological, namely the fact that there was enough rain in late August and early September to reduce the grape dehydration caused by the drought. The other main factor was the Consortium members’ experience and intimate knowledge of individual vineyards, soils and micro-climates. This made it possible to plan grape-picking so as to give the grapes time to mature enough for them to express the full range of organoleptic characteristics that have always been associated with Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG.
“We decided to wait a few weeks before drawing any conclusions about the 2012 grape harvest – explains Marina Malenchini, the President of the Chianti Colli Fiorentini Consortium – in order to check how the grapes would react in the vats. Now, after carrying out the de-vatting phase, we can breath a sigh of relief, because the results are reassuring and even if we produce less wine than usual, we can certainly be sure that we’re not going to see a repeat of 2003, when the drought ruined our grapes irreparably.”