Grape varieties: Cabernet Franc
Ampeleia represents the beginning, the pride and excellence of the estate from which it takes its name.
They have grown together with it and thanks to it. Its essence comes from Cabernet Franc, a sensitive grape variety that is difficult to work with and only shows its qualities in the right soil. This is one thing they are sure of: Roccatederighi and Cabernet Franc have a rare synergy, capable of expressing the full potential of both. Here Cabernet tastes of Roccatederighi.
In 2002 this synergy resulted in Ampeleia. Coming from vineyards scattered around the estate, on the clay-limestone soil on which Roccatederighi was built, it has evolved through time. Although its soul has always been Cabernet Franc, it was only in 2015 that it left behind the other varieties to express its purity.
Ampeleia is dark in colour and represents a perfect example of the harmonious blend of their different Cabernet Franc parcels. Its minerality “shouts elegantly” of the Roccatederighi terroir and you can lose yourself in forest berries, balsamic notes, aromatic herbs and spices: deep, with silky tannins. Opening the bottle marks the start of a journey, to be savoured to the end. A journey lasting 18 years, the number of vintages they have produced.
Training system: guyot
Alcohol content: 12.5%vol
Altitude: 500 m/asl
Harvest period: 3rd - 4th week in September
Yield/ha: 30 hl
Ageing: 12 months in wooden barrels
Vinification notes: 15% whole clusters
First vintage: 2002
Bottles produced: 15,000