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Appearance: Deep gold yellow
Bouquet: Generous, rich aromas of raisins, candied fruit, lily of the valley, with subtle hints of citronella
Palate: Not at all cloying or heavy, it shows beautiful balance between sweetness and acidity, a pleasant crispness and complex, full flavours.
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Wine maker notes
A passito wine that plays an intimate role in the history of our area. Our old folk tell us that up to a few centuries ago among the vinerows of our vineyards a different grape grew as well, probably a clone of greco,which ripened early and dried right on the vine. Guided by ancient prudence, the farmers let nothing go to waste, and so these semi-dried grapes were fermented separately; they yielded just a few litres of sweet wine, which was then offered to valued guests during festivals throughout the year, to accompany our traditional almond biscuits. The grape was known in dialect as gravisano. This legendary grape has disappeared, and we have not been able to recover it, but our research as shown that if we dry our malvasia grapes on reed mats they will give us a wonderfully-smooth, fragrant nectar, sweet but never cloying. First produced in 1992, it now plays an important role in the world of sweet wines.
Grapes: Malvasia lunga.
Denomination: Murgia Bianco I.G.T.
Growing area: Vigneti selezionati in agro di Gravina e Spinazzola.
Training system: Vertical.
Pruning system: Guyot.
Vineyard density per hectare: 4.500 on average.
Drying method: 40-60 days on reed mats.
Dried grape yield per hectare: 18 q.
Fermentation: In new French Allier 225-litre oak barrels, at 16°C
Fermentation length: 30 days.
Malolactic fermentation: None.
Maturation: Two years in Allier oak barrels and in stainless steel tanks for 12 months
Analytical data: Acidity 6.8 g/l; pH 3.70; residual sugar 158 g.
Alcohol: 14.5% Vol.
With the traditional almond or almond paste biscuits, or with soft cheeses and acacia blossom honey; outstanding when sipped all by itself as a “vino da meditazione”.
Brothers Beniamino and Alberto, working together with a team of viticulturalists and oenologists, have created a modern winery highly respected throughout the world for the high quality of its wines and for its commitment to developing the full potential of local native grape varieties. The preservation of the ancient grapes, and careful utilisation of innovative winemaking practices, have turned Botromagno into a model winery, striving not only for the highest quality wine but respectful as well of its local environment and dedicated to the protection of the health of those who drink its wines.The history of our winery must be considered within the larger context of a unique area, known, for very good reason, as “The Other Puglia.”
Here the grapevine cultivation goes back 2,500 years.Frederick II of Swabia made this area his residence, calling it a “garden of delights,” and he contributed substantially to the development of local viticulture.
Against this rich cultural background, the D’Agostino family decided, in 1991, to re-launch the venerable Cantina Sociale, utilising expertise acquired in other fields, and fashioned it into a modern winemaking operation with ancient roots.