Le Difese 2019 , Tenuta San Guido, Tuscany, 6 Bottle Case 75cl

At the end of a mild and dry autumn, temperatures from January were often rigid and the cold was made even
more intense by the strong north winds. The main feature of the winter was the considerable lack of rain which,

except for some showers in February, were almost absent for the rest of the period until, bud break. Since mid-
March, the beautiful sunny days and the consistent increase in temperatures anticipated the budding. However,

in April temperatures dropped again and the long-awaited rains arrived. Thanks to these spring rains, the water
situation of the subsoils normalized. Two short hailstorms during two days of April thinned the shoots and
slightly reduced the amount of production, especially on the most forward plants. The continuation of spring
was somewhat unusual, characterized by low temperatures and consistent rains, with winds from the North. A
climatic condition that has involved agronomists a lot and that has conditioned the vegetation by delaying
growth. The flowering phase took place in May in good conditions and no winds, subsequently there was an
excellent fruit set which took place regularly. Summer started in mid-June, with mild temperatures, sunny days
and intense ventilation.
In some vineyards, cases of millerandage occurred but, in general, the situation was good.
June was characterized by high temperatures, with daytime temperatures even above 40 °. Fortunately, the
sultry heat did not last long and the temperatures were restored to normal by the end of July. In fact, a rainy
turbulence that occurred at the beginning of July brought refreshment to the vines and restored the water levels
of the soil. August was quite hot but with temperatures always in the seasonal average. After mid-August,
some rains brought new refreshment to the plants and helped prevent stress. The phenolic ripening of the
grapes took place about 6-7 days later than in the previous years.

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