Garda rosso DOC, Azienda Agricola Pratello, 2017
This is incredibly fun! The aromas of cranberry and sour cherry are joined by those of cassis and oriental spices. Its intense fruity spicy taste is supported by pleasantly ripe tannins and a mild acidity. This wonderful and relaxing wine can be enjoyed even without any food accompaniment.
|Origin:||Italy / Lombardia|
|Grape variety:||Rebo, Corvina, Merlot|
|Ripening potential:||2 to 8 years|
|Serving temperature:||16 to 18 °C|
|Food pairing suggestion:||Apéro pastries, Cold fish dish, dried meat, Succulent chicken breast with cream sauc, Spaghetti alla bolognese, Spaghetti con sugo al basilico, Pizza or Flammkuchen|
|Vinification:||long must fermentation, fermentation in steel tank, cooling period|
|Maturation:||in large wooden barrel/foudre, some months bottle storage before sale|
|Maturation duration:||6 months|
Italy – Where wine is a way of life
The Italian wine regions are extremely diverse, and this is made clear in their wines. Established varieties such as Merlot, Syrah, and Sauvignon can be found on just 15 percent of the total vine growing area. The remaining 85 percent is reserved for autochthonous, indigenous varieties. More than 2,000 different grape varieties are grown under diverse conditions and pressed with various techniques into wines that reach the top tier of the international wine market.
Azienda Agricola Pratello
In Padenghe sul Garda, a small medieval village at the south-western end of Lake Garda, lies the traditional but also progressive Azienda Agricola Pratello.
Vincenzo Bertola directs this agricultural estate, which comprises a total of 100 hectares. 45 hectares of which are planted with vines. In addition, olives, cereals, vegetables and fruit are also grown. Forests and pasture land, on which an Alpaca herd frolics, form part of this estate. The soil, mainly moraine soil with some clay, is loose, stony and dates back to the glacial period. The climate is generally mild and is under the influence of the nearby lake.
Everything stays in the family
This triumvirate is inseparable: the red Corvina grapes and their genetic offspring, Rondinella and Molinara. They come from Valpolicella in the northern-Italian Veneto. There they are processed together into the flagship wines of the region: the opulent Amarone and the sweet Recioto. The principle is always the same: the winemaker dries the grapes after harvest for a few months. Thus the water evaporates in the berries, and the sugar concentrates, similar to raisins. The Corvina always plays the lead role in this. It shines with a deep red colour, juicy, sour cherry fruit and mild tannins. It contributes the same qualities to the Bardolino, a dry red from near Lake Garda. A bold tip: try Amarone with grilled Wagyu beef.
The perfect crossing
This red variety was crossed from two typical Trentino vines, the autochthonous Teroldego and the Merlot. Researcher Rebo Rigotti fathered it in 1960 at the agricultural institute Istituto Agrario di San Michele all’Adige. Rigotti saw it as his most successful creation to date and so immediately gave it his name.
Merlot is the most charming member of the Bordeaux family. It shines with rich colour, fragrant fullness, velvety tannins and sweet, plummy fruit. It even makes itself easy for the vintner, as it matures without issue in cool years as well. This is in contrast to the stricter Cabernet Sauvignon, which it complements as a blending partner. Its good qualities have made the Merlot famous worldwide. At over 100,000 hectares, it is the most-planted grape in France. It also covers large areas in California, Italy, Australia and recently in Eastern Europe. The only catch is that pure Merlot varieties rarely turn out well. Its charm is often associated with a lack of substance. Only the best specimens improve with maturity. They then develop complex notes of leather and truffles. This succeeds in the top wines from the Bordeaux appellation of Pomerol and those from Ticino, among others.