Bardolino Chiaretto Grape(s): 55% Corvina, 35% Rondinella, 10% Molinara Area: From the Cavalchina vineyards just outside the town of Custoza, near Verona. Av. age of Vines: 30 years Vine density: 3,300 Training System: Pergola Yield: 60hl/ha Harvest: The grapes for Chiaretto are harvested 2 weeks earlier than for the red Bardolino so as to retain more acidity, required for a rose. Vinification: The skins are cold macerated with the must for between 12 and 24 hours at 8-10 o C and then cool fermented for 15-18 days at 18 ºC. There is no malolactic fermentation. Ageing: The wine is kept in stainless steel for few months before bottling and release. Descriptions for Wine List • A suave, elegant pink with that characteristic snap of herbiness on the finish and bags of character. • When produced by a serious winemaker such as Luciano Piona of Cavalchina wines such as this move on to another plane from the everyday to the thrilling. A suave, elegant pink with that characteristic snap of herbiness on the finish and bags of character. • The wines of this region are on the up and up, particularly with a producer such as Cavalchina where the focus is on extracting as much flavour as is possible from the vineyard and the grapes. Quality wines come consistently from this estate. A suave, elegant pink with that characteristic snap of herbiness on the finish and bags of character. Story of the Wine: The Bardolino region hugs the southeast side of Lake Garda with the town of Bardolino sited on the edge of the Lake itself. Until the beginning of the 19th century it was common practice to make Bardolino by fermenting it in holes in impermeable rocks and covered by stone slabs. The grapes used in the blend are the same as for Valpolicella, Corvina for body and colour; Molinara for fragrance and Rondinella give it the distinctive grassy flavour. Chiaretto is the Rose version of Bardolino. Indeed for many years Chiaretto was simply an unwanted by-product of trying to give greater body to the red wine, now it is made in its own right.