Lugana "Riserva del Lupo"

del Lupo.jpgWinery: Ca' Lojera
Lombardia (Lombardy)
Sirmione (Brescia) Italy
Appellation: Lugana
Designation: DOC

In a few words: White wine with a colour range spanning from brilliant straw yellow to marked greenish highlights, with golden reflections with ageing. It has a pleasant bouquet of melons and tangerines with mint accents and some floral notes on the nose and a strong fruity personality on the palate.

Site: White Lugana clay, relatively flat, south shore of Lago di Garda’s original watershed.

Grapes: 100% Turbiana, hand harvested only from the estate’s vineyards, harvested in late October until about November 10, when the leaves are red – Foglie Rosse. The rationale is to extract as much minerality as possible from the white clays at the south shore of Lago di Garda. The grapes are partially botryticized at this point.

Fermentation and Aging: Long, cool fermentation in stainless steel. Aged for minimum of 2 years in stainless steel then fined in the bottle for a minimum of 2 years.

Notes: “del Lupo” is a reference to the bandits, pirates really, of old Lago di Garda, who hid in the inlets and small bays formerly found on the lake’s south shore and were said to be protected by wolves. The wine is a very special interpretation of Lugana – late harvested to achieve higher levels of sugar but somehow managing to preserve balanced acidity. The idea was to create a wine that was in fact still young 10 years after the vintage, and fresh even 15 years after the vintage. The impression is very much of a top Vouvray, with some bottle age. The first vintage of Lupo was 2003.