Very few people know that Orvieto owns apremium production for the red wines, once jealously allocated for the localconsumption together with traditional food like salami and game. This is the case ofthe Vascellarus, an extraordinary red wine, produced in limited quantity from selectedvineyards. After 12 months of ageing in French oak barriques and 8-9 months of refiningin bottle, this wine shows a broad and complex bouquet together with structureand long persistence
Colour: Intense ruby red tending to garnetwith the ageing
Fragrance: Ripe red fruits, oriental sweetspices and a slightly scent of roasted cocoa beans
Taste: Round, velvety tannins together witha well balanced used of the oak make this wine extremely enjoyable.
It will surprise you for its envelopingtouch which revokes a velvet covering with a finish of black pepper and vanilla.
Farming system: Guyot
Planting density: 3333 plants per hectare
Harvest Time: October
Yields: 70 quintals per hectare
Harvest method: 100% by hands
Winemaking notes: Crushing and destemmingfollowed by 25-30 days maceration, with frequent and regular must pump-overson the skins, accompanied by several rack and return procedures. Alcoholicfermentation occurs entirely in steel tanks, while malolactic fermentation takes place inbarriques at a controlled temperature
Ageing: The wine ages for 12 months inFrench oak barriques while racking on regular basis, depending on the need, with theaddition of oxygen. After being bottled, the wine refines for a further 8-12 monthsbefore being commercialised and consumed.
Ageing potential in bottle: To drink now orageing for 5-6 years.
Food pairings: Perfect pairing for anelaborate meat based cuisine like beef stews, roasted lamb and grilled game.
Worth knowing: the so-called Vascellariwere medieval pottery and ceramic producers of Orvieto. They have been famousand renowned everywhere for the high level and for the extraordinaryquality reached in their work. During the Middle Ages Orvieto’s ceramicand pottery production was mainly featuring ‑floral, animal and mythologicalmotifs painted on the surface of vases, pitchers, pots and plates. As a tribute tothis local craftsmanship, the label of this wine takes inspiration from one of thepaintings and it displays the shape of a dragon. In the lower section instead thereis depicted an ancient contract related to a selling of a group of ceramics.