List of wines in the Brunate MGA (LWIN* code in brackets); surface areas calculated from GIS.
Batasiolo (Barolo, no LWIN); Total surface: 1.57ha.
Bergadano (Barbera, no LWIN); Total surface: 1.10ha.
Enzo Boglietti (Barolo, 1290044); Total surface: 0.45ha.
Claudio Boggione (Barolo, 1637218); Total surface: 0.81ha.
Francesco Borgogno (Barolo, no LWIN); Total surface: 0.32ha.
Ceretto (Barolo, 1314537); Total surface: 5.30ha.
Damilano (Barolo, 1164116); Total surface: 0.61ha.
Marcarini (Barolo, 1101030); Total surface: 3.90ha.
Mario Marengo (Barolo, 1101160); Total surface: 0.68ha.
Oddero (Barolo, 1202551); Total surface: 0.40ha.
Francesco Rinaldi e Figli (Barolo, 1104158); Total surface: 2.10ha.
Giuseppe Rinaldi (Barolo, 1104190); Total surface: 0.91ha.
Flavio Saglietti (Barolo, no LWIN); Total surface: 0.32ha.
Vietti (Barolo, 1106312); Total surface: 0.45ha.
Roberto Voerzio (Barolo, 1106569); Total surface: 0.76ha.
*LWIN code is the universal identifier for wine and spirits provided by Liv-ex
From 231 to 407 meters
From 2% to 52%
From 80° to 175°
The following charts are an easy way to display data representative of the vintage.
Growing degree days show that 2018 was warmer than the average of the 2010-2020 decade. In particular, heat accumulated faster than the average. Looking at numbers, GDD were respectively up 9.2% in June, 11.3% in July, 16.3% in August and 34.6% in September compared to the 2010-2020 average.
Knowing in detail the temperatures (min, max and avg) can help a lot to understand how the vines performed. At first sight, the average 2018 temperature does not differ much from decade average. A better understanding of what happened can be derived from the minimum and maximum temperatures. Starting from July, the temperatures grew consistently up to 38,3°C in August, while there wasn’t a similar variation in the minimum temperatures. Moreover, this hazardous trend continued in September (31.2°C) and October (22.4°C) with higher than average temperatures during days and nights.
2018 was rainy, mostly in the first part of the season (winter and spring): March, April and May, registered respectively +53%, +18.9% and +45% more than the average. Summer was dry until the end of the growing season. In particular, there wasn’t enough water to balance the higher temperatures by the end of August and September. Rainfall was concentrated in October, clearly representing a challenge for the harvest and arisky for bunches diseases. Diurnal variation was quite good, especially in August and September, helping to preserve the fragrance and the aromaticity of the grapes.
The SVI index – a Saturnalia exclusive – shows the variability within the Brunate MGA. You can widely compare the various vintages from 2013 to 2018. For instance, the chart on the left shows a comparison of vintages 2016, 2017 and 2018 (you can enable the other 3 vintages if you like). The x-axis represents the Saturnalia Variation Index values (recap of the Saturnalia Evolution Index collected during the growing season) while the y-axis contains the raw count (how many times that value was counted within the area of interest). The more the curve is centred towards higher values (towards right), the more is the chlorophyll and less water-stressed is the plant. The wider the curve, the more the recorded behaviour is heterogeneous among the vineyards of the area of interest.
In our case:
Thanks to the information on vegetation response and weather provided by satellites, we are able to stress some important key points about the quality of the grapes in Brunate and derived wines for vintage 2018:
This section includes additional information based on the Saturnalia Evolution Index (SEI). Check our FAQ section if you want to know more about it.
The chart represents the SEI index compared against different vintages extracted from a sample in the Brunate area. The curve may differ within a single plot. The trend shows how the vines react to weather conditions, providing exclusive and very useful insights. Focusing on the example shown:
Let’s now focus on prices of the wines produced in Brunate. They differ based on producers’ brand awareness. By looking at Liv-ex, Giuseppe Rinaldi stands out in terms of higher prices compared with the rest. It is also traded more than other peers on Liv-ex.
The charts below respectively represent the Saturnalia Evolution Index (SEI) and Saturnalia Variation Index (SVI).
The SEI allows us to see the differences among vineyards during the season. For example, we may highlight that samples from Francesco Rinaldi, Giuseppe Rinaldi and Roberto Voerzio show a similar behaviour.
The SVI distributions represent a summary of the vintage and can be used to understand the variability among the producers’ parcels.
The chart should be interpreted by considering where the distribution is centred and how wide. As mentioned by looking at the SEI chart, Francesco Rinaldi, Giuseppe Rinaldi and Roberto Voerzio show a similar behaviour. However, the distribution shows that more variability was recorded among Francesco Rinaldi’s parcels. You may click on the legend to enable the other producers and compare by yourself.
Therefore, Roberto Voerzio seems to be the preferable choice in terms of value for money among the others. Ceretto looks like an even better deal:
* prices related to 12×75 cases, expressed in pound sterling (£)
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