GRAPE VARIETY – BIOTYPE 100% massal selection Pecorino
CATEGORY Pecorino IGP
LOCALITY OF PRODUCTION Cugnoli (Pe)
TOTAL AREA UNDERVINE /ALTITUDE 3 Ha 350 meters a.s.l. / 1200 feet a.s.l
SOIL COMPOSITION Limestone with a marly-gravel subsoil
AVERAGE VINE AGE / VINE TRAINING SYSTEM 14 years Guyot
DENSITY / YIELD 4000 vines/ Ha 50 Hl
VINIFICATION No press, just free run juice.
ALCOHOLIC FERMENTATION In stainless steel tanks.
MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION Not done
AGEING In bottle.
COLOUR Deep straw yellow.
TASTING NOTE With intense aromas and flavors of sage, rosemary, green fig, peach, yellow melon. Full bodied and with a lingering minerality.
FOOD PAIRING Seafood, pasta, legumes, white meats, cheese.
ALCOHOL 14 %
Pecorino is an ancient variety that has always called the mountains Appennine ridges of the Marche and Abruzzo its home. A low yielding variety due to sterility of the basal buds, over the centuries farmers shied away from it preferring instead to plant easier to grow, more productive varieties; and so, Pecorino was all but forgotten, and nearly extinct by the 1970s.Times change and today high yields are less important than they once were: modern day wine lovers now clamor for high quality grape varieties.
Capable of giving distinctive wines, and Pecorino fills that bill nicely.
The grape is characterized by essentially round leaves and small round very thick skinned berries. The wine is rich and glycerol but also endowed with high total acidity, thereby offering a unique combination of texture and vibrancy. In fact, Pecorino wines have become so popular that much Pecorino has been planted recently, however the grape variety always performs best in hilly vineyard sites rather than flatland areas, which are not its natural habitat..