Given 3 months skin contact, half the juice matured in stainless steel tanks and the other half matured in used French oak barriques, then a further 2 years in bottle before release. Malvasia suits perfectly being made with skin contact as it has thick skins and is wonderfully aromatic and Ortrugo contributes acidity to the blend.
Beautiful coppery/orange colour. With time open and air, this gets more and more layered. Balsamic notes, aromas of black tea, orange peel, then rose and Turkish Delight. Dryish, light-bodied, delicious acidity and a little tannic grip on the palate. Drink with cheeses, or with freshly-made pasta, butter and sage or simply as a vino di meditazione at the end of a meal.
"Deep orangey gold. Intense smoky apricot. Bone dry, a bit sweaty, with lapsang souchong smokiness. Pretty tannic and on the extreme end of skin-contact whites. I prefer mine a little more moderate and it does really need food. A wine to stop you in your tracks." Jancis Robinson MW
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