Nero per Sempre
Lombardia rosso, Azienda Agricola Pratello, 2015
Its intense fragrance reveals its partially dried grapes prior to fermentation: dried prunes, marinated cherries, elderberry jam, figs and dates. The bouquet shows a pronounced floral character. The spicy components were also concentrated in the drying process: juniper, black pepper and dried herbs can be identified among the aromas. On the palate, stimulating freshness with beautiful juicy and fresh fruit flavours surprise you at the first sip, and linger on to the finish.
|Origin:||Italien / Lombardei|
|Ripening potential:||3 to 10 years|
|Serving temperature:||16 to 18 °C|
|Food pairing suggestion:||Brasato di manzo al Barolo, Saltimbocca, Bistecca fiorentina, T-Bone steak, Spaghetti alla bolognese, Vegetable cous-cous, Risotto with ceps|
|Vinification:||long must fermentation, soft pressing|
|Harvest:||hand-picking, drying of the grapes|
|Maturation:||in large wooden barrel/foudre, some months bottle storage before sale|
|Maturation duration:||24 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.
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.