Wine Detail

Cirò Classico Superiore Riserva

Wine name:Cirò Classico Superiore Riserva

Appellation:Cirò Classico Superiore Riserva DOC

Zone:Cirò Marina

Cru:Basilisco

Vineyard extension (hectares):3

Blend:100% Gaglioppo

Vineyard age (year of planting):Gaglioppo 2000

Soil Type:clayey-calcareous

Exposure:north

Altitude:60 meters above sea level

Colour:ruby red tending to garnet red

Nose:Ripe fruit notes, slightly spicy, balsamic herbs and liquorice notes

Flavour:full bodied, very flavourful

Serving temperature (°C):18-20

Match with:red meat dishes, roasts, braised meat

Average no. bottles/year:2,000

Grape yield per hectare tons:5

Notes:

Spontaneous alcoholic and malolactic fermentations

Vinification and ageing

The grapes are harvested and placed in boxes, the clusters are destemmed. Maceration with the skins and alcoholic fermentation for 21 days. Maturation in glazed concrete tanks for 20 months. Finishing in the bottle for 6 months.

Wine Producer

CALABRETTA

Website:http://www.cataldocalabretta.it

Address:Via Mandorleto, 47 88811 Cirò Marina Crotone

Owner:Cataldo Calabretta

Year of establishment:2008

Total annual production:15000

Total vineyard extension (hectares):14

Planted varietals and extension (hectares):1.5ha Alicante 1ha Ansonica 11ha Gaglioppo 0.5ha Malvasia

Vine training system:
Cordon spur
Freestanding system
Guyot

Type of viticulture:certified organic

Harvest period:end of August/September/October

Agronomist:Cataldo Calabretta

Oenologist:Cataldo Calabretta

History

The members of the Calabretta family have been viticulturists for four generations and have produced wine since the 1970s. The father of the present owner, Cataldo Calabretta, had a vine nursery. Cataldo studied oenology and viticulture in Milan and worked for various estates in Italy from 2000 to 2008. In 2008 he established this estate with his sisters Maria and Michela. Between 2008 and 2012 the old cellar was restructured together with the existing glazed concrete vats (these are frequently found in the cellars of southern Italy). In 2012 the Cirò Rosso Classico wine was bottled for the first time. The philosophy of Cataldo is focussed on the production of Cirò Rosso, an ancient wine the origin of which goes back to the Greeks and the Bizantines. This Cirò is  made exclusively with Gaglioppo grapes, the vineyards stand on hills (the average altitude is approximately 50 meters above sea level) and the vines are freestanding. Cataldo says that his Cirò is the expression of the century old experience of the “Cirotani” viticulturists and that is why the “arciglione” an instrument used to prune freestanding vines in this area is designed on the label.

The estate is certified organic.

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