Il Palio 2021
Viticulture and Harvest
The fruit for the 2021 Il Palio blend comes from the di Lusso Estate vineyard and another vineyard in Mudgee.
All red winemaking at di Lusso is completed in open top fermenters, with no pumping over – just two plunges of the cap each day. This is a gentle way to make reds, preserving the more delicate of the aromatics while also minimizing tannin extraction. Tannin extraction increases significantly at temperatures over 24 degrees, so wines generally don’t go above 28 degrees during this stage.
The wines were aged in barrel and tank. Blend percentages were: Cabernet Sauvignon (80%), Barbera (10%) and Sangiovese (10%).
The Cabernet Sauvignon component gives the wine its firm structure. Flavours of blackberry and blueberry are attributes of the Cabernet and Barbera, while its savoury touch comes compliments of the Sangiovese. Toasty French oak carries across the palate, with flavours of chocolate and spice. Match with just about any red meat or hard cheese.
Cellar for 10+ years.