2019 SCALA CIRO ROSATO DOCScala
Producer:The Scala Family
Grape: 100% Gaglioppo
Region: Calabria, Italy
Zone: Ciro DOC
Calabria's best known wine region is Cirò, extending from the Ionian coast to the eastern foothills of La Sila with the classico zone centred around Cirò and Cirò Marina in the province of Crotone. Here, Gaglioppo is king. One of Italy's oldest varieties, recent DNA studies have found that Gaglioppo is a natural crossing of Sangiovese and Mantonico.
100% Gaglioppo, a medium-sized, thick-skinned grape indigenous to Southern Italy and best known for the production of Ciro DOC. It’s packaging hails from the 1970s in striking red, white and black coupled with a unique typeface.
In the Scala family since 1949, the domaine is now run by Luigi Scala, who leads the production of Cirò wines following family traditions. From the growing of the grapes to the refinement and aging of the wines, he favors quality over quantity and aims to produce a distinguished Calabrian wine. The winery is truly a family business as Francisco Scala oversees the business side of the winery. The vineyard is 18 hectares for an overall production of 100,000 bottles.
Tasting note: A pastel-pink rosato with sweet red berry fruits and watermelon front and centre, the palate brings just the right dose of salinity into a crisp and dry finish.
Growing System: Guyot
Soil Composition: Clay and Sandy soil
The grapes are hand-picked during the first half of October. After removing the stalks, the grapes ferment for about 24 hours, then about 60% of the must is drawn off and fermentation continues for the rest in temperature-controlled vessels set between 14° and 16° C.
Ageing: Aged in stainless steel tanks for at least 3 months.
Alcohol (%): 13%