After the early harvest of the Merlot bunches, which after drying for 30 days will give velvety sensations to our smooth and rounded red wine La Conta, and of the grapes of Turbiana destined for the sprarkling wine Primessenza, the harvest has entered its busiest time and thirty employees are at work in the vineyards surrounding the winery in Desenzano del Garda.
“We come from a climatically favorable season” says Valentino Girelli, agronomist and co-owner. “Spring started later than usual with temperatures below the average in April and May; the budding took place around April 20th . Temperatures increased only from mid-June, and in the following months the summer gave us mild and balanced temperatures. Surprisingly, from mid-August to mid-September, the weather showed certainly summer temperatures ".
"The Turbiana grapes that compose our Lugana Wines have an excellent acidity: this year the technological curve is very close to the phenological one and we have recently talked about the importance of this phenomenon recently talked about”, continues Girelli.
“To date, the weather promises to allow us to prolong the harvest, and this will allow the Turbiana used to produce Orestilla to slightly overripe, which is necessary to give complexity to the wine. Obviously, if significant climatic variations will occur, we will harvest quickly to preserve the acidity. Our staff in the vineyard is carrying out a double passage only picking the bunches recognized as suitable ".
Excellent conditions, therefore, to be confirmed in the cellar in the coming weeks. From the arrival of the tractors with the grapes to the cellar, everything will be managed by Roberto Girelli, oenologist and co-owner: he will have the floor over the next few days to understand how fermentations are proceeding and the features of the 2021 Lugana of Montonale.