Cerealto 2018 the resistant white born at 700 meters above sea level
A still wine made by bronner and johanniter, resistant vines raised in high ground. It is produced by Terre di Cerealto, a pioneer company in Veneto for the cultivation of PIWI.
Cerealto was born at the foot of the Little Dolomites from PIWI, "pilzwiderstandsfähig" in German, the vines resistant to fungal diseases.
A still white IGT from a blend of johanniter (60%) and bronner (40%) grapes grown at 700 meters above sea level by the Terre di Cerealto company , one of the first companies in Veneto to believe and plant only resistant.
Produced for the first time in 2017, Cerealto is now available in the 2018 vintage. "The second vintage of a wine is always the most difficult - explains Massimo Reniero , founder of Terre di Cerealto together with Silvestro Cracco - especially when the previous one is gone. as well as in the case of Cerealto 2017 . In the 2018 vintage the climatic conditions were extremely favorable and the perfect ripeness of the grapes enhanced their peculiarities: character and personality for the johanniter and finesse and elegance for the bronner. The musts were generous and the new wines immediately showed great structure . The elevage on the lees allowed us to preserve their freshness and increase the complexity ”.
The ethics of Terre di Cerealto has always turned to full respect for the fragile ecosystem of the foothills and, when selecting the vines to be bred in this high ground, the choice spontaneously fell on the PIWI. Thanks to the high tolerance of disease-resistant vineyards , most of the phytosanitary treatments have been eliminated while only active ingredients of natural origin, plant extracts, microorganisms or beneficial insects are used , which favor environmental sustainability.
The grapes, harvested by hand in boxes, are vinified separately for each single plot, while the refinement consists of seven months on the fine lees and six months in the bottle before being put on the market. The result is an aromatic wine with a vibrant acidity, balanced and perfect as an aperitif or paired with fish-based dishes, especially raw, and fresh vegetables. The enveloping palate given by the partial aging in barrique also allows the combination with more structured dishes such as white meats and savory pies.
The johanniter is a white grape variety obtained in 1968 in Germany from a crossing of several Rieslings. The harvest is early and the vines are characterized by a high production and by medium-sized bunches, which at the moment of full ripeness take on a yellow-green color with small black dots on the skin. The scents are intense, fruity and balanced by a note of acidity. In the mouth it recalls pinot grigio and riesling thanks to the notes of quince, pear and mandarin, while the aftertaste can be slightly spicy. Bronner, on the other hand, was born in Germany in 1975 from the crossing of the merzling grape with the sankt laurent. Vigorous white berried grape, particularly resistant to downy mildew and powdery mildew, able to give wines with good structure and medium acidity. The nose has hints of fruit, lemon and exotic fruits, but also honey, while in the mouth it has a good mineral note and is characterized by a long persistence.
Terre di Cerealto
Born in 2015 from the idea of friends Massimo Reniero and Silvestro Cracco, the winery is located in the small plateau of Cerealto, a hamlet of Valdagno (Vicenza). The vineyards extend over just 2.7 hectares of land and are grown at over 700m above sea level, in an uncontaminated area overlooking the Little Dolomites. The first plants were by Johanniter and Bronner, which today occupy respectively 0.64 and 1.30 hectares, to which 0.7 hectares of Sauvignier Gris have just been added, for a total of eight different crus.
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