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The Poggio Rubino estate is located in the area above the hills of Montalcino at an altitude of 470m above sea level, about three kilometres from the town centre and here produces its rare wines. The estate extends over 15ha and the vineyards cover a surface area of 7ha, entirely cultivated with select Sangiovese.
On average, the vines are ten years old with the exception of the most recent ones planted in 2005 at San Prospero. The vineyards are positioned in different areas within the territory of Montalcino. Each individual location and the characteristics of its terrain allow for the attainment of wines with evident personalities accentuating the uniqueness of each individual vineyard.
The most suitable care in cultivation is carried out strictly by hand including the careful selection of canes during pruning and at the moment of the shoot selection along with the thinning of the clusters when the veraison starts.
The most suitable care in cultivation is carried out strictly by hand including the careful selection of canes during pruning and at the moment of the shoot selection along with the thinning of the clusters when the veraison starts.This enables each single vine to maintain a vegetative balance and an excellent distribution of production, thus ensuring the complete maturation of the bunch.
The goal is to produce from 1 to 1.5kg per plant in order to force each individual vine into channelling all its energy into those few clusters and, likewise, imparting to each of them the highest possible sugar and polyphenol concentration. In turn, this permits the grapes to reach their full potential from an oenological point of view (polyphenols, tannins and anthocyans) even in most difficult growing years.
This type of management allows for both a great limitation in the use and the type of pesticides (in fact, only copper and sulphur are used) and a refusal to use chemical weed control in favour of working the land. The maximum yield per hectare is 50 to 60 quintals.
Campo del Prete vineyard is in the area above the Abbey of Sant’Antimo at 380m above sea level with a surface area entirely cultivated with Sangiovese with a density of 5,500 rootings per hectare on marly terrain. The southeast location affords exposure to the sun all day until sunset. This most advantageous microclimate and the complete absence of fog create highly favourable conditions for a product of excellent quality even in the most challenging growing years. The presence of the typical Mediterranean bush, surrounding the entire vineyard, gives the wine a unique bouquet that characterizes the productions which distinguish the Campo del Prete Selection of our Brunello di Montalcino .
Another parcel, The little farm vineyard, is in the area just below Montalcino at 430m above sea level mid-way down the hill at a gentle slope and in a well-ventilated location. The cultivated variety is entirely Sangiovese select with a density of 5,000 rootings per hectare on a terrain which is very rich in rock fragments (marl) ensuring good drainage. For the most part, it is limestone with a good percentage of silt, which determines rich vegetation. The location favours sunshine all day until nightfall.
The Bogatto vineyard is completely surrounded by heather as well as oak, cork and arbutus trees, typical of the Mediterranean scrubland. The southwest location, at 350m above sea level, allows for a basically dry climate, which contributes to the overall health of the grapes until the harvest, these particular conditions are evident in terms of quality, but most of all, they bring out the elegant fragrance typical of the wine from this vineyard. The plant density is 5,000 rootings per hectare on the rich, marly and particularly rocky terrain and the entire surface is cultivated with Sangiovese select. The Reserve Brunello di Montalcino is produced from this vineyard during the best harvests.
San Prospero is located at 430m above sea level on the southwest side of Montalcino at the beginning of the road from Tavernelle to Camigliano. The density is 5,000 rootings per hectare on this pebbly soil that contains a good amount of tufa with a slightly greater clay component and thanks to this characteristic, the land retains the water better and therefore ensures ideal conditions for keeping the vines hydrated during the heat of the summer months. This vineyard produces wines from Sangiovese grosso grapes.
La Sorgente vineyard encircles Poggio Rubino property. The vines were planted in the spring of 2005 with the SG5 clone of Sangiovese, a medium-to-weak vigour; a small and loose-packed bunch (less compact, less contact between the grapes and more ventilation) with a medium-small grape and contained production. The distinctiveness of this clone and the special climate of this area, with its constant wind during all seasons, block the onset of fungal disease during the entire cycle of the vine’s growth. The low yields favour an early uniform maturation. The vineyards face southwest at 470m above sea level. The rich pebbly soil has a good percentage of clay making it ideal in terms of fertility.