The seasonal trends and the quality of the wine vintages of Elba Island doc wines
2001 VINTAGE (Frost on April 11th)
Early spring was distinguished by modest rainfall and temperatures that were a little higher than the seasonal average, which favoured an anticipation of the bud burst date with respect to the average. The frost on April 11th damaged a number of vineyards considerably. The subsequent climatic trend, characterised by normal temperatures and rainfall, resulted in excellent blossoming and consequent settling. The rainfall, which characterised the first part of the summer season, allowed to maintain a good vegetative balance of the plants also in August; in fact, despite the high daily temperatures the nights were very cool and there was complete veraison of all the varieties. Consequently, the maturation processes of the grapes continued in an optimal manner without stopping, guaranteeing the prerequisites for an excellent vintage.
2002 VINTAGE (Flooding on 3rd/4th September)
Early spring was distinguished by a certain amount of rainfall and by temperatures that were slightly higher than the seasonal average, encouraging early bud burst of the different varieties by a few days with respect to the average. The subsequent climatic trend resulted in excellent blossoming and relevant settling, which led to a balanced production load on the vines. The exceptional rainfall which characterised most of the summer period from mid July on, created difficulties to both the normal trend of maturation and health of the bunches. In the last three weeks of the picking process, the climatic trend manifested all its variability: stable at the start (allowing grapes that still had to be picked to finish maturing), marked by different occasions of rainfall at the end. The 2002 vintage was one of the most difficult of recent years, with areas in which an excellent quality level was found, but also with zones in which the results were not fully satisfactory, affected primarily by the climatic trend.
2003 VINTAGE (Scorching)
After a very rainy autumn-winter characterised by rather rigid temperatures, spring-summer 2003 is sure to be remembered as one of the hottest and driest of recent years. The high spring temperatures encouraged good bud burst of all varieties, even with slight anticipation to the average, followed by excellent conditions of blossoming and settling. In summer the grapes matured early and, already after mid-august, the earliest ripening varieties showed very high sugar levels, result of a sort of natural "self-concentration”. The climatic trend also remained stable during the period of the harvest allowing to wait for the optimal moment for the picking process. Furthermore, the temperature difference between day and night allowed the grapes to complete the maturation stage, resulting in the production of excellent colours and structure.
2004 VINTAGE (Excellent raisin wines)
Autumn 2003 was distinguished by considerable rainfall which allowed a reintegration of the underlying layers which were put to a hard test by the extreme summer dryness. Winter was marked by rigid temperatures, with rainfall, which was rather consistent and repeated. This climatic trend resulted in a delay in the bud burst which, also for the precocious maturing varieties, occurred with a delay of 10-15 days with respect to the average. The climate during the blossoming – settling stage was considerably rainy with rather cool temperatures (as it had not been seen in the last 3-4 years) and the vegetative development was in a good state until the veraison and maturation stage. Intense pre-harvesting selections were required, as the climatic trend had caused an excessive production load on the plants. To finish, the picking process began a few weeks late with respect to the seasonal average when the grapes had reached an excellent qualitative-quantitative status both in terms of vegetation and health.
2005 VINTAGE (Excellent whites)
A rainy autumn and winter with rather low temperatures and snow resulted in a delay in the vegetative resumption by 12-15 dys with respect to the previous year. Almost as if to compensate for this delay, the perfect climatic conditions of spring encouraged the development of the vines registering an anticipation in the end of 10 days. The months of June, July and August were rather “cool”, characterised by average temperatures around 24°C and by unusual rainfall at the end of August. Even if this latter situation made the maturation process and following harvesting activities difficult it was possible in any case to pick healthy, fully ripened grapes at the height of recent harvests with good potentials.
2006 VINTAGE (Exceptional)
The 2006 harvest was distinguished by balance and it started in the first week of September with the early vines, Chardonnay in the lead, which reached perfect maturation. The shortage of rain (with the exception of a few days during the second half of September, in which thunderstorms were present), the absence of water stress for the vines and the extreme health of the grapes, allowed to dilute the picking in an ideal space of time to achieve the best maturation of the progressively harvested varieties: syrah, vermentino, sangioveto and finally (between the last week of September and the first of October) the ansonica. Also the vermentino, picked at different times (including a test of late harvesting), guaranteed a quality standard between excellent and superb. Consequently, overall, it was a year from which we expect wines with a great potential.
2007 VINTAGE (Good reds)
Thanks to the mild winter and above average spring temperatures the 2007 season opened with net anticipation over all the vegetative stages of the vine. However, some unusual rainfall in the second half of August did away with the effect of the seasonal anticipation on the maturation. The following month of September, characterised by good dry weather and with considerable thermal excursions between day and night, permitted not only the perfect maturation of the different varieties of grape but also provided the opportunity to intervene on the single vineyard, at the ideal picking moment.
2008 VINTAGE (Excellent raisin wines and whites)
After a relatively cold dry winter the spring and early summer was distinguished by continuous and repeated rain and by temperatures that were slightly above the seasonal average, encouraging anticipated bud burst of the different varieties by a few days with respect to the average. The later climatic situation resulted in good blossoming and excellent settling, which led to a balanced production load on the vines. The summer months were characterised by the usual dryness, until the hailstorm of 15th august which – especially in some vines- damaged part of the berries. Fortunately, the dry weather and ventilation “healed” the wounds, greatly limiting indirect damage. The absence of rain in September (with the exception of the 13th) and the extreme health of the grapes, allowed the picking stage in an ideal space of time to achieve best maturation of the varieties progressively harvested. The grapes of Sangioveto and Vermentino were picked on more occasions. This guaranteed a quality standard between excellent and superb. The cool and slightly breezy nights produced an almost optimal raisining process, taking the grapes to a higher sugar concentration than the average.