This is the most rare and special wine that we produce. Made only in the best vintages that have the ability to achieve a Riserva-level quality, Octavius represents the greatest potential of Amarone – intensity and richness in its youth, with the ability to develop complexity and depth as it ages.
2015 was a welcome year of optimal conditions throughout the growing season. Early spring showers added nutrients to the vines and contributed to a very healthy flowering and set. Temperate summer weather helped with even ripening of each grape variety, creating balanced concentration but still maintaining freshness. As harvest approached, the very warm days and cool nights led to beautifully complex grapes with great structure and aromatics, representing one of the best vintages in the last 15 years.
Octavius is produced from a selection of only the best, most concentrated grapes from the vintage. After hand-harvesting they are placed on wooden plateau for a very traditional drying process of 120 days called appassimento. Once complete, certain grapes are then selected specifically for Octavius, macerated for 30 days and aged in a mixture of French oak barriques and large 500L tonneaux for 48 months until bottling. The wine is only released when it has reached a pinnacle of integration, ready to be enjoyed.
Press Notes :
Winery Tasting Notes – “Intense ruby red color with garnet reflections. The bouquet is complex with dark cherry and ripe berries, earthy notes and slight hints of spice. Wonderful and sublime taste of vanilla and sweet cinnamon. The palate has elegant Corvina tannins, with savoriness and long lasting softness. Complex and rich with ripened red fruit, chocolate, liquorice and oak hints, full-bodied and elegant. Spiciness and more complexity will come with ageing.”