New Release: Masseto 2013
Masseto’s unique terroir and a perfectly balanced growing season have yielded a sensual, vibrant and beautifully-proportioned 2013. It was one of the latest harvests in Masseto’s history and the resulting wine is one of the most elegant and stylish wines they have made.
The special grey clay soils that form the core of the Masseto Hill in Tuscany’s Bolgheri are unique in the region. So when all around them were planting Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, the Masseto team planted this steep slope with Merlot. Great sun exposure for the leaves and water-retentive soils for the roots, the land was tailor-made for this Bordeaux variety. The project came to fruition in 1986 when the first Masseto wine was produced. The result of deep knowledge of the land, attentive hand-management of the vineyards, an elevation of 120 metres above sea-level and complex clay soils, Masseto is an outstanding and individual expression of Merlot. Cool clay-influenced with a Mediterranean lilt, this is a of wine gravitas, mystery and sensuality.
The 2013 growing season
The viticultural year started late after a wet winter and spring. This lead to a prolonged flowering and meant 2013 was going to be a small crop from the outset. An extended period of fine weather arrived in June and set the tone for the two months ahead. After a hot, dry summer vineyards were brought some respite by August storms, after which temperatures cooled down and slowed ripening. This also meant fresher nights, favouring aromatics. Harvest began later than usual on the 12th September, starting with Masseto Alto and culminating with the Masseto Centrale on 25th.
Stock is very limited and will be on allocation. The wines are currently abroad and will be shipped before the end of the year.