Raboso DOC Piave
Single variety Raboso.
Vineyards in Campo di Pietra, to the south of the Province of Treviso, influenced by the mild seas of the Adriatic 20 km away. The vineyards have an average age of over 40 years and are west-facing.
To obtain the best quality, green harvesting is practised, whereby clusters of grapes are thinned whilst still green, which ensures remaining grapes receive greater nutrition. Hand-picked into crates. Harvesting begins no earlier than mid-October and sometimes continues until early November, as Raboso is a late-maturing variety.
Classic on skins. Destemming and pressing of grapes. Maceration in wooden vats for 12-15 with daily delestage. Malolactic fermentation is developed and completed in oak barrels in the spring/summer following harvesting.
It is dark red in colour with pomegranate reflections. The fragrance is of forest fruit, morello cherry and spices. The taste is austere, savoury, full-bodied, which with long aging becomes velvety.
Ideal accompaniment for game, best if served with a spicy sauce; in its element with fatty foods, where the acidity cleans the palate.