2012 will be remembered as one of the warmest vintages in history, comparable only to 2003.
Last summer, temperatures were very high, producing a fruity rather than flowery aroma and bouquet, this was a consequence of a particularly dry summer. The 2012 vintage will again offer a fruity bouquet with intense hints of peach, pear and ripe fruit.
Due to the dry period in August the work on the vineyards was tougher than usual, but the drip irrigation on the vines has allowed for the necessary watering. This is to prevent the vines from dehydrating, and therefore maintaining grape quality during the ripening process.
The soil morphology and the hilly terrain of the Follador vineyards add to the quality of the grapes themselves. As a result, quality is again expected to be excellent, especially considering the rain during the last few days of summer. Compared to last year’s average, this year’s grape sugar content is higher. Along with a good level of acidity and richness of flavour, this will guarantee freshness and fragrance for this years vintage.
Putting all this together with the experience of the Follador enologists this will ensure this years D.O.C.G Superiore Valdobbiadene range continues to be of the highest quality.
* Francesca Follador cutting the first grapes from the 2012 harvest.