The grapes for this wine have been grown in the estate’s own six-hectare vineyard since 1975.
VARIETIES: 65% Corvina, 35% Rondinella.
PRODUCTION DISTRICT: The vineyard overlooks Lake Garda, in the municipality of Bardolino.
ALTITUDE AND ASPECT: The vineyards face south-east and are located 130 metres above sea level.
TYPE OF SOIL: The stony soil, eroded by the Würm glaciation, is very lean but rich in calcium, with a high gravel content, enabling grape yields of just 8,000–10,000 kg per hectare. This plot is widely considered an example of the finest vineyard management in the classic area of Bardolino and is used as a benchmark by the local associations for monitoring soil and climate conditions and ripeness of the grapes.
TRAINING SYSTEM: Vertical trellised with Guyot pruning and a planting density of 5,000 vines per hectare.
HARVEST: The grapes are handpicked at the end of September.
WINEMAKING METHOD: After pressing, the grapes remain in a tank at a low temperature (5˗6°C) for a few days. Following this pre-fermentation cold maceration, the temperature is raised and slow fermentation (6˗8 days) commences at controlled temperatures and with several pumping-over phases determined by the various structural and aromatic components with the purpose of enhancing the distinctive characteristics of the grapes and the vineyard.
SENSORY PROFILE: Ruby red hue accompanied by a fresh, fragrant nose with pervasive notes of raspberries and morello cherries, completed by floral notes and typical spicy hints of black pepper. The fruity palate is delicate but particularly full flavoured, with good body and excellent length.
ABV: 13,00 %.
RECOMMENDED CELLARING: Two or more years in bottle, laid down in a cool, dark place.
FOOD PAIRING: Traditional Veneto dishes: fish soup, gnocchi with cheese sauce. In general: minestrone, pizza, white meats.