2016 Casale del Giglio Aphrodisium

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Year  2016

Producer Casale del Giglio

Region Italy, Lazio

Variety Blend of Petit Manseng, Viognier, Greco and Fiano

Alcohol 18%

Size 500ml

Serving temperature 14/16 °C

Type Sweet

Pairing With shortcrust pastry desserts, for example homemade tart with apricot jam or citrus fruit

It has a golden yellow color; fresh and floral nose (peach blossom and orange) with notes of grape peel and peach in syrup, then citrus and honey.

In the mouth it is a nectar, but it does not lack freshness and expressive nobility.

Sweet, enveloping and long finish, with a mineral note.

 

The late harvest takes place at different times depending on the variety: we arrive at the end of October for the Petit Manseng, in order to obtain well-dried grapes, dehydrated by the sea breeze.

The grapes are harvested in 10 kg crates and placed intact in the press in order to gently extract only the most concentrated part of the juice, devoid of solid parts, with a yield of grapes in must of just 30%.

Fermentation occurs spontaneously in stainless steel tanks at a temperature around 18 ° C.

Since the project aimed at identifying and maximising the territory’s potential for quality viticulture, useful comparisons were made with processes adopted in Bordeaux, California and Australia, wine producing areas of the world influenced, like the Agro Pontino valley, by a maritime climate.

Casale del Giglio subscribes to the philosophy that “the future of Italian viticulture relies not only on consolidating the image of its traditional wine producing zones but on its ability to produce top quality wines at favourable prices in areas whose potential is still relatively unexplored.”

As a result of Casale del Giglio’s research, the European Community authorized the cultivation of ‘new recommended varieties’ such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon in the province of Latina (from 1990) while other varieties were authorized later.

Casale del Giglio has converted its 180 hectares of vineyard to the cordon trained system, electing to plant those grape varieties which adapt well to the territory and produce quality wines.

Casale del Giglio currently offers a range of twentytwo products – seven white wines, one rosé, seven reds, one late harvest, three grappas and an extra virgin olive oil.