Vineyard: Only the best grapes from the Carella vineyard are used for this bottling.
Orientation: At 280-310 meters in elevation.
Soil: Soil is made up of moraine (glacial deposit) which is high in minerals, rocks, gravel and sand.
Viticulture: Harvested in the second half of October. Guyot pruning.
Vinification: Grapes were destemmed and then pressed keeping the rolls of the destemmer sufficiently distant from each other in order to avoid ill treating the grape as much as possible. After the fermentation at 28-30°C, as from the second day of processing two pressings a day were carried out in order to favour the extraction of the anthocyans and the polymerised tannins from the skins, which give that characteristic velvety, sweet and at the same time austere taste to this wine.
Aging: Aged for about two years in large oak casks followed by a year in the bottle before release.
Notes: Carella is one of the historic cru of Ghemme. The name Carella is a very ancient geographical name of Celtic origin, “Carellaedunum” which means “Rise of Carella”. Among its vineyards were discovered Neolithic finds, dating back to the 4th millennium B.C.
A big, dense wine, the 2009 Collis Carellae shows the wilder, gamier side of Ghemme. Leather, smoke, cedar, tobacco and menthol make a strong first impression. The 2009 possesses tons of depth and vertical structure. Some of the initial elements of rusticity blow off with air, so readers should be ready to open the 2009 in advance. There is no shortage of personality. That much is clear.