Dessert Wine

Zavatti Passito Rosso (Valle Peligna IGT)

Zavatti Passito Rosso

Type: Red Dessert Wine (500ml)

Alcohol: 14% vol.

Grape Variety: 100% Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Sensory Profile: A sipping wine (“vino da meditazione”) of an intense, deep ruby-red, offering impressive, compelling aromas of well-ripened fruit, including wild cherry, dried plum, and fruit preserves. The palate boasts complexity and a fine balance of components, with a full body and an impressively lengthy progression and just the lightest touch of sweetness.

Food Pairing: Served at meal’s end, this passito loves strong-flavoured cheeses, petits fours, and fruit tarts and pies, and it is superb served with semi-sweet chocolate. It is ideal for those who love sweet, but not cloying, wines

Vinification: At the end of January of the following year, the grapes then are very concentrated. After de-stemming and pressing, the grapes are given the traditional red-wine fermentation at controlled temperatures, which lasts a lengthy 20-30 days, given the high sugar content of the must. After the drawing-off, the wine goes into a hand-operated press. It finally matures in steel

Soil Profile: Medium-textured, tending to clay

Vineyard: Tenuta del Cerano (340 metres’ elevation) in the commune of Vittorito

Training System: Vertical trellised to spurred cordon

Vineyard Yield: 70 q/ha, short-pruned

Harvest Period: Mid to late October

Comments: Released three years after the harvest

Serving Temperature: 18°C (64 F)

Harvest Period: Exclusively hand-picked, during the first ten days of November, when the berries have semi-dried on the vines. Only the best clusters are selected, and they are placed on mats in special drying lofts that are well ventilated and de-humidified, so that the grapes shed about 50% of their weight