In a Nutshell
From Il Cascinone's prized hilltop Camillona site, this Sauvignon has ripe fruit with delicate elderflower characters.
A fine, elegant style of Sauvignon with citrus fruit characters lifted by ripe gooseberry and floral notes. Zesty acidity balances perfectly with the considerable weight on the palate, and crisp grapefruit flavours make this an attractive and characterful wine.
The Camillona vineyard consists of 2 blocks, planted in 2000. Situated on a north east hilltop site, about 300m above sea level, these low-cropping Sauvignon Blanc grapes, flourish. The easterly disposition, which avoids the flavour stripping hot afternoon sun, together with free draining, gravelly clay soils provide excellent conditions for growing quality, fruit-packed Sauvignon Blanc grapes. The relatively young vines are trained in the classic vertical shoot positioning manner using cane pruning. Each block is processed separately, being hand harvested in the first ten days of September, chilled, destemmed and crushed. They are pressed to a stainless steel tank for settling for 36 hours. Steel tanks are used for the fermentation to allow for temperature control. The wine is bottled in the following spring.
Azienda Agricola Il Cascinone
Il Cascinone was acquired by leading Piemonte producer Araldica in 1999 – an exceptional estate in the Monferrato hills which has undergone extensive restoration and replanting. Now around 70ha of the total 102ha are in full production, with the warmer, southwest-facing slopes used to grow Barbera, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon – whilst the northeast slopes are ideal for more aromatic varieties Brachetto and Moscato, along with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.