Prelius

Tuscany, Italy

Cabernet Sauvignon, Maremma Toscana DOC – 2011

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  • Label

    • The Label:

      The Prelius label reflects the fluid nature of a coastal lake which was once where the vineyards of the Maremma region in Tuscany are today. As the area has evolved, it has established itself as an excellent location for viticulture and winemaking. The Prelius vineyards are located on a hilltop along what was once the shore of the ancient lake, three kilometers (nearly two miles) from the Tyrrhenian Sea.

      The winery has received high-profile recognition for its contemporary label design, including a “Gold Label” award from Vinitaly’s International Packaging Competition and a “Red Dot” award by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: Maremma
    • Cultivation: 100% organic
    • Size: 12 hectares (29.7 acres) total. 6.35 hectares (15.7 acres) planted to Cabernet Sauvignon.
    • Vine Age: Planted 2001-2004
    • Soil: 80% sand, 15% clay, 5% silt and gravel
    • Elevation: 37-52 meters (120-170 feet)
    • Exposure: South-southeast
    • Density: 8,649-9,884 vines/hectare (3,500-4,000 vines/acre)
    • Training: Guyot
  • Vintage Report

    • 2011 was a very hot, dry year. All phenolic phases — from budburst to ripening — occurred 10 days earlier than normal, and rainfall was concentrated in the month of June. The vineyards were stressed by the lack of water and high temperatures, especially during the second half of August. We compensated for this by using drip irrigation. Harvest was earlier than in other years, but the fruit we harvested was perfectly ripe and healthy.

    • Harvest Date(s): September 3-14
  • Vinification

    • Barrel Aging: 9 months in new 30-liter (800-gallon) French oak casks
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Alcohol: 14.0%
  • Tasting Notes

    • The Cabernet Sauvignon has a vivid ruby color with dark purple traces. The nose is rich, displaying aromas of blackberry and blueberry with hints of oak and cinnamon. The wine is smooth and well-structured with a long finish tasting of red fruit.

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Maremma Toscana DOC – 2011

    The Cabernet Sauvignon has a vivid ruby color with dark purple traces. The nose is rich, displaying aromas of blackberry and blueberry with hints of oak and cinnamon. The wine is smooth and well-structured with a long finish tasting of red fruit.

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