A great vintage amid an environmental crisis and climate change? The 2021 vintage raised several questions and concerns about the terroir concept and its future. However, it gave us grapes with great quality and technology-friendly characteristics. The 2020 harvest was followed by a prolonged drought until the beginning of 2021. The vineyard became thirsty before entering dormancy. Winter was normal with low temperatures ending up to a heavy snowfall by the mid of February. Spring came a little late, with budbreak at the beginning of April. The weather conditions until June favored the smooth shoot growth, flowering and good health of the young bunches. The summer was very challenging when the powerful and recurring heatwave stretched the limits of the vineyard. We carefree harvested the two varieties throughout the sunny September.
The wine style
Preknadi in its youth. Medium lemon colour, with medium + aromatic intensity displaying white >owers, green fruit (apple, pear), citrus (orange, lime), stone fruit (peach, apricot), a hint of white pepper but mostly tropical notes (alternating between banana, lychee and pineapple). On the palate, it displays brisk, medium (+) acidity, medium
body and medium (+) >avour intensity, medium alcohol packed in well-identified primary stone fruit and spicy notes; >avours are lingering, showing nerve and freshness; medium Qnish. The wine balances the vibrancy of fruit with zesty acidity, showing complexity of layers of fruit, expressiveness and elegance. Acidity and >avour intensity will give the wine the potential to age effortlessly to develop honeyed tertiary aromas in the bottle and to round up.