Estate: The Pradarolo farm is located in the Parma hills, in the commune of Varano de’ Melegari, in Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy. Husband and wife team Alberto and Claudia Carretti passionately craft wines using ancient techniques, low intervention and organic methods [certified organic since 2006]. The vineyards, wine cellar and home are on the left bank of the river Ceno, where it forms a of natural amphitheatre, 250 and 500 meters above sea level. Only 5 hectares of the estate’s 60 are vineyards.
Winemaking: Soil is clay-like, subalkaline with 12% active limestone. A long maceration of 90 days, with native yeasts in stainless steel and concrete containers. No added sulphur, unfiltered. ‘Extra Moenia means “outside the walls”. A damaging frost in April 2017 caused them to purchase supplemental grapes that were certified organic and from “very well-known winemakers”.
Tasting Notes: Orange in colour, intensely aromatic, with layers of mandarin orange, apricot, nectarine, papaya, jasmine, hay and clover honey. Green tea tannins and fresh acidity provide the backbone to nectarine, apricot, mandarin orange, lemon, clove, white flowers, lemon thyme and marjoram. Papaya, candied ginger and orange are complimented by a bitter streak on the lengthy finish. Lush, engaging and well balanced.
100% Malvasia di Candia Aromatica
Emilia Bianco IGT
Produced & Bottled by Soc. Agri. Podere Pradarolo