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Producer: Decugnano Dei Barbi
Vintage: 2018
Production Area: South-west and south-east facing vineyards planted in 1975, 1986 and 1997. The soil is comprised of sand, clay and loam and peppered with fossils dating from the Pliocene epoch, which enriches it with essential micronutrients.
Type: Red Table Wine
Alcohol: 14%
Sugar: 3g/l

Description

Nestled outside the medieval town of Orvieto, the Decugnano estate has long been associated with winemaking. Records dating from 1212 confirm the presence of monks who dedicated themselves to the cultivation of local vines. The land remained under the ownership of the Church until the unification of Italy in 1861, when the estate was sold to private investors. In 1973 it passed into the hands of the Barbi family, wine merchants since the 1920s, whose work has elevated the quality of the estate’s wines to new levels and gained international recognition for the protected designation of origin of Orvieto Classico DOC. Decugnano dei Barbi comprises 63 hectares in total, of which 33 hectares are under vine and 13 different grape varieties are cultivated. In contrast to the rest of the Orvieto Classico DOC area the soil is of marine origin, dating from the Pliocene epoch. The oyster fossils and seashells that can be found scattered throughout the vineyard are testament to the presence of an ancient sea. Light in colour and rich in calcium, the soil provides the perfect growing environment for the vines. The clay component ensures adequate water-holding capacity for the dry season and calcium provides vital micro-nutrients for berry cell wall development. This soil structure is complemented by a unique microclimate, with constant ventilation and marked diurnal temperature variation, essential for the retention of acidity and aromas. As a result, our wines exhibit a characteristic minerality and freshness. 2018 was definitely an easier vintage than the previous year. Budding was delayed after a long cold winter, followed by optimum flowering and fruit set. The summer progressed with the ideal balance of rain and sunshine without any extremes of temperature until September. Harvest was then accelerated and carried out at night in order to bring berries to the winery at a lower temperature. Overall, 2018 proved to be a very good vintage with yields higher than 2017.

Color

Ruby red in colour.

Grape Varieties

Grape %
Syrah 65
Cabernet Sauvignon 20
Montepulciano 15

Aroma

Reveals an array of red fruits and spices on the nose, with a marked note of black pepper from Syrah.

Taste

The palate is rich in intense black fruit, tannins are soft yet structured, supported by a good level of acidity and well-integrated alcohol. Intense and savoury, a wine of powerful elegance.

Vinification

AD 1212 is a special edition, dedicated to the first written records of winemaking at Decugnano. Grapes were carefully selected and harvested by hand between August 25th and September 30th according to variety, with a yield of 6,000kg per hectare. On arrival at the winery grapes were destemmed and placed in stainless steel tanks for 12-15 days at 24°C. Maceration lasted 7-8 days. 1/3 of the wine was aged in new French oak barrels for 12 months, 2/3 was kept in stainless steel.

Aging

After careful blending, the wine was kept in bottle for further 6 months before market release.