The Growing Season:
Abundant rainfall in the spring and summer created conditions favourable to peronospera across the whole of the Collio DOC area, however fungicide treatment prevented it from spreading and the effects on the crop were minimal.
Summer hail, although not particularly severe, caused isolated damage. Fortunately however the hot dry weather of the second half of July dried the berries affected by the hail, thus preventing the spread of mould.
Early crop thinning in function of the weather and the growth cycle of the vine avoided any problems of botrytis and at the same time removed bunches at risk to scalding through direct exposure to the hot sunshine.
The sunny weather which lasted throughout August and September caused an acceleration of the final stages of ripening for the early varieties such as Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon and as a result these grapes were picked slightly ahead of the norm. A subsequent slowing down of ripening however meant that the other white varieties, Tocai, Malvasia Istriana and Chardonnay came into the cellar even a little later than usual.
Thanks to the fine late summer weather, the vintage presented healthy grapes with well-balanced sugar and acidity levels. The considerable diurnal temperature variations during the run in to the harvest contributed to the aromatic complexity of varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay also produced very interesting results.
In terms of quantity, the 2008 vintage will be slightly smaller than average.