In northern Italy a ‘Brolo’ is a walled vineyard, similar to a French ‘Clos’. Cantina Valpantena directly farms three Broli which make up a total of 13 hectares. One of them is in the heart of the Valpantena valley while the other two are in Montorio, on the Val Squaranto side. Stefano Casali, Valpantena’s head agronomist, manages these vineyards. He has been able to reduce the use of spraying, carefully control water consumption and eliminate the use of weed killers. The knowledge and results that Stefano gains from these vineyards are then used to advise other Valpantena growers on their viticulture. These efforts have been formally recognized and the Broli vineyards are accredited with VIVA Sustainable Viticulture certification.
The grapes for this wine come from three Broli which make up a total of 13 hectares. One of them is in the heart of the Valpantena valley while the other two are in Montorio, on the Val Squaranto side. Altitude is 100 meters above sea level and the soil is clay. Vines are trained with both Guyot and the traditional Pergola systems.The vineyards are managed following Sustainable principles.
The 2013 winter in the Veneto was very cold, with temperatures below the annual average but fortunately without periods of intense and prolonged frost. The spring, despite some particularly warm days, was unusually wet with monthly rainfall up to three times the average. Summer weather, with warm temperatures and a lack of rain, allowed optimal maturation of the grapes whilst maintaining excellent fruit character.
Grapes were hand - harvested during the second week of October. Once pressed, the must fermented for 9 days at a temperature of 26°C. At the end of the fermentation the wine is then aged in big oak barrels 12 months and then another 12 to 24 months in tank before bottling.
This wine is ruby in colour with purple hues. On the nose it shows aromas of cherries, red berries and sweet spices and delicate hints of almond and violets. On the palate it is well structured and the sweet red fruit flavours persist, making it an easy wine to drink now. The finish is dry and persistent.
|Grape Varieties||90% Corvina/Corvinone
|Winemaker||Luca Degani & Michele Peroni|
|Notes||Sustainable, Vegan, Vegetarian|