Malvasia Passito “Il Piriolo”

Designation: Colli Piacentini DOC (Controlled Designation of Origin)

Wine style: Sweet white from dried grapes

Grape variety: 100% Malvasia di Candia Aromatica

Production area: Ziano (PC) – near La Cascina-Rossago Nuovo – Casa Piccioni – Southwestern exposure

Soil: Clayey-silty with calcareous streaks – Altitude 230 m a.s.l.

Training system: Simple Guyot – Casarsa – planting density 3200-3800 vines/ha – yield 5.5 tons/ha

Harvest period: From 25th August to 5th September

Vinification, ageing and maturation: Towards the end of August we select and carefully harvest the grapes, putting them in crates. We expose them to the sun until they have reached the right degree of drying. At this stage the bunches are pressed in traditional vertical presses and the small quantity of must obtained is removed from the lees and left to mature for ten months in wooden barrels. Afterwards, it is bottled and matured in the bottle for some months.

Alcohol content: 11,5% vol.

Colour: Intense golden yellow

Serving temperature: 10/12 C°

Food matching: Pastries, apple strudel, mature Pecorino cheese with orange blossom honey, foie gras, Parmesan cheese matured for 22 months.

First year of production: 2006