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This is a deep, dark wine showing a vibrant, fruit-forward bouquet with aromas of ripe blueberries, freshly-made jam, a touch of balsam and some herbal notes which follow through to the palate. Savoury characters are balanced with rounded tannins and a freshness on the finish which is typical of the area.
Ronchedone Vino Rosso
The Dal Cero family has transformed their Ca’ dei Frati property, situated on the southern shores of Lake Garda, into a model Italian estate over the past two decades. Back in 1987, they had 12 hectares of vineyard but now, following the purchase of a large chunk of prime vineyard in 2008, they have over 160 hectares. This increase in quantity has been matched by an increase in quality and today they remain the best producer in Lugana.
The grapes are grown in the Dal Cero family’s own vineyard, Ronchedone, which is located on the south banks of Lake Garda near the town of Sirmione. The vines for ‘Ronchedone’ are planted on chalky, limey and sandy clay soils, using single Guyot and cordon training. The yields are around eight tonnes per hectare.
The grapes underwent a prolonged maceration in stainless-steel tanks before fermentation. The wine was then transferred to barriques for malolactic fermentation and aged for 14 months. This was followed by a further 10 months in bottle prior to release.