THE G-FILES: ALEATICO.
Aleatico is a red wine grape grown in Italy. Ampelographers suspect that Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains may be a mutation of the Aleatico cultivar. It is notable for being the primary grape in the Aleatico di Portoferraio made in Elba, but is grown most commonly in the Puglia and Lazio regions of Italy. In Elba there is a Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita, the Aleatico dell’Elba Passito DOCG dedicated to the production of passito-style wines made from Aleatico. Under Italy’s appellation system, very few dessert wines receive the highest designation of DOCG level, making the Aleatico dell’Elba Passito a rarity in Italy.
Recommended: Elba Aleatico Passito DOC 2012, Az. Agr. Sapereta: On the dryer side, and with a long lingering finish.
The unique characteristic of this wine is that the grapes, which are picked in small open crates with openings also on the bottom (max 9/10 Kg.), are raisined for at least 15/20 dys. on drying racks at a height of 1 metre from the ground.
The raisining process done in the shade produces a series of phenomena: first and foremost the evaporation of the water inside the berry and a concentration of the sugars and all the other substances present.
The fermentation process with maceration varies from 10/15 dys. After the skins are pressed, the fermentation process continues slowly until it stops naturally, exceeding 14% of alcoholic content, leaving an average sugary residue of 100/150 g/L.
- Colour: ruby red, very intense.
- Frangrance: strong, pleasant and intense, characteristic, strongly aromatic and penetrating.
- Flavour: initially sweet and generous it leaves room to a persistent note of sour cherry and dry fruit.
- Alcoholic content: 14% vol.
- Recommended serving temperature: 16°-18° C.
- Recommended glass: small, short-stemmed glasses.
- Serving suggestions: Classic conversation and meditation wine, even without food. It can be served with the dry confectionary of Elba Island that is not too sweet.