Type: Passito, sweet wine
Appellation: Malvasia delle Lipari Passito D.O.P.
Grapes: 95% Malvasia e 5% Corinto Nero.
The Malvasia straw wine represents the history of the Aeolian Islands. It was a royal wine in the major courts of Europe until the early 19th century. Phylloxera, emigration and world wars nearly made it disappear.
The grapes are harvested ripe, by hand, and spread on the traditional “cannizzi” (mats) to dry out in the Mediterranean September sun for 15- 20 days. After the vinification, with no added yeasts, the Malvasia ages partly in steel tanks and partly in oak barrels for 6 months. Another 6 months are necessary in the bottle.
Tasting notes: Amber-colored with golden glimmers, bright and clear. It holds a collection of aromas: dates, dried apricots, figs, raisins, vanilla. Elegant freshness for a straw wine that is not syrupy. Persistent final note with a hint of lemon zest.