BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO RISERVA
DUELECCI OVEST - EST
The Duelecci Vineyard, planted in 1999, covers the southern side of a hill topped with two big oak trees which lend it its name.
There are two distinct zones on these 3.2 hectares: the east side features soil that is poor in nutrients but rich in skeleton grain, while the soil on the west side is more fertile with low levels of pebbles and a high percentage of iron, which gives it a reddish colour.
The terrain of the entire vineyard is of Eocene origin (30-40 million years ago), presents equal percentages of clay, silt, and sand, a sub-alkaline pH and a good level of limestone, all characteristics which make it suitable for the production of wines for ageing.
This vineyard has always been one of the best for the winery. As such, it has always been selected for the production of the Brunello di Montalcino Riserva and therefore managed with the goal of obtaining low yields of grapes with high levels of concentration.
Since 2012, the Brunello di Montalcino Riserva has been called Duelecci as it has proven to be the best vineyard at producing grapes with excellent sensory characteristics.
With the intention of only selecting the best grapes for the Riserva, we make the most of the great diversity in the soil, which characterizes the east side and west side of this vineyard and depends on the seasonal conditions every year. In the hotter and drier years, the Riserva is made with grapes from the west side where the conditions of the terrain and the greater vigour of the vines ensure freshness and complexity of aromas in the wine. Accordingly, the label reads “Duelecci ovest” (Duelecci West). Alternatively, in milder years with ample rainfall and summer temperatures that are not extremely high, the Riserva is produced from the east side, which brings a greater concentration and taste intensity to the wine. In this case, the label will bear the name “Duelecci est” (Duelecci East).
This means that the Brunello Riserva will alternate the names “Duelecci est” and “Duelecci ovest” according to the climate that characterises each individual vintage. In this way, the label will already give the consumer some information about the weather conditions during that year of production.
Duelecci West: the terrain on the west side is rich in nutrients with low quantities of pebbles and endowed with a high percentage of iron, resulting in the best grapes for the production of the Brunello di Montalcino Riserva “Duelecci ovest” in the hottest years.
Duelecci East: the terrain on the east side is poor and very rocky, yielding the best grapes for the production of the Brunello di Montalcino Riserva “Duelecci est” in the cooler years.