ALASIA BRACHETTO D'ACQUI
Pale cherry red in colour, this shows aromas of raspberry sorbet with rose perfumed hints. Appealing semi-sweet palate, lightly sparkling with crunchy raspberry fruit, mouthwatering acidity and a juicy finish.
The Brachetto varietal may have originated in Provence, but today it is grown in much larger quantities in Italy, in particular in Piemonte. The Brachetto vine is delicate, giving low yields from which sweet red wines with the colour and flavour of strawberries are produced. The grapes for Alasia Brachetto d'Acqui are sourced from vineyards in the Monferrato hills in the south of the province of Asti. These south west facing vineyards are situated at altitudes of 250 and 400m above sea level. The vines have an average age of 20 years and are grown using the low Guyot trellis system. Planting density is 4000 to 4500 vines per hectare. Soil is limestone clay. The grapes are hand harvested toward the end of August.
Grapes are pressed in a modern pneumatic press and the must fermented in a pressurised tank. Short maceration with skin contact for 4/5 days at very low temperature. Fined and filtered.
A great aperitif, and perfect for a summers' afternoon drinking. Also goes well with chocolate desserts and fruit salads.