A cold and quite rainy winter followed by a quite regular spring. Regular phenological phases and vigorous vegetation. The summer was hot but not stiflingly so. The harvest began on the 4th of September and continued through until the 10th of October. Work was suspended in the middle of September due to light rain and to allow the Cabernet and Petit Verdot to ripen perfectly.
The rather hot and sunny weather during the harvest allowed us to pick nicely ripened grapes which gave origin to thick and elegant tannins, typical of an important wine.
The powerful character of the Petit Verdot, the feminine elegance of the Cabernet Franc and the wise support of the Cabernet Sauvignon come together in the beautiful balance of this vintage. Good acidity makes Monteti 2006 very drinkable.
VARIETIES: Petit Verdot 50%, Cabernet Franc 30%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%
ALC/VOL: 14,5 %
BOTTLES PRODUCED: 40,000
EXPOSURE: south – south-westerly
TYPE OF SOIL: complex, stony structure on a substratum of clay.
VINE DENSITY: 6,600 plants per hectare.
VINIFICATION: temperature-controlled spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts. The vinification of the grapes from the various land parcels of our vineyards takes place separately in open tapered steel vats.
HARVESTING TECHNIQUE: manual
MACERATION: up to 21 days depending on the variety. Long contact with lees to halve the use of sulphites.
FILTERING: no fining or filtering.
MATURING: 18 months in French oak barriques (70% in new, medium-toasted barriques and 30% in barriques used for the second time). This is followed by further 24 months of bottle ageing.
CELLAR LIFE: over 20 years