To open a bottle, is to unleash a liquid kaleidoscope. A rare combination of sumptuous opulence and polished elegance.
As a tribute to its rugged force, its softness, and the debt it owes to the soil from which it rises, Masseto was named
after the rock-hard clusters of blue clay called ‘massi’ that form on the vineyard’s surface.
Compared to a rather particular 2014, the 2015 proved to be an almost textbook vintage. After a rainy and
mild winter, with just a few days of temperatures below zero, budbreak arrived on time during the first
days of April. Spring was characterized by dry and sunny weather, providing ideal conditions for regular
vegetative growth that culminated in a quick and complete flowering at the end of May. From June on,
water stress gradually became evident. July will be remembered as a particularly torrid, dry month, with
maximum temperatures exceeding 30°C every single day of the month. The heat, combined with the
absence of rains, made us fear a shut-down in the ripening and the need for an early harvest. Luckily rain
fell abundantly around 10th August that not only unblocked the ripening but also brought much cooler
temperatures during the final ripening phase. This cool, yet sunny, weather continued throughout the harvest, allowing us to pick the grapes with great ease, choosing just the right moment to harvest the different
vineyard blocks, resulting in a fresh and lively aromatic quality with a perfect degree of phenolic ripeness
along with abundant, yet silky and soft, tannins. The harvest began on 29th August with the youngest
vines and finished on the 16th September with the last portions of ‘Masseto Centrale’.
TASTING NOTES: The regularity of the vintage, along with ideal temperatures during harvest, are reflected in a classic Masseto, with a perfect balance between a mature, complex, aromatic expression of great freshness and a rare quality of ample, silky and smooth tannins. Dark and intense in colour and rich in
aromas with hints of fully ripe red fruit and spicy, balsamic and cocoa notes. In the mouth it becomes sensual and rich, with great density and an ample and perfectly smooth tannin. The fruity notes are underlined
by the subtle presence of oak - terminating in a fresh and vivid finish with pronounced hints of cocoa
VINIFICATION AND AGEING
The bunches, hand harvested in 15kg crates, were selected by hand on a double sorting table before and after destemming
and then subjected to soft crushing. Fermentation took place in concrete tanks, small portions of vineyards in barrel at
temperatures between 25 and 30°C. Maceration times ranged from 21 to 28 days. Malolacticfermentation began in 100% new oak
barrique barrels, while keeping the various lots separate for the first 12
months of ripening.
Subsequently, the wine was blended and reintroduced once again into the barrels for another year, for a total of 24 months.
As usual, Masseto is given another 12 months in bottle before being released on the market.