Botromagno Gravisano 2008

Sweet passito wines play an important role in the history of the Gravina region of Puglia. Traditionally, these were made from ancient Gravisano grapes leftover from the regular harvest that were dried on the vines. Not wanting to waste anything, the farmers used these leftovers to make a limited batch of sweet ambrosia which could be offered to valued guests during festivals throughout the year. Gravisano grapes have long since become extinct, but the legend lives on in the name of this wine. Today, Gravisano is made from Malvasia grapes that are sun-dried on racks for 30-40 days, resulting in a wonderful and balanced dessert wine.

Tasting Notes

Rich amber in color with seductive aromas of orange zest, candied apricots, caramel, toffee and toasted almonds. Sweet on the palate but perfectly balanced by its zesty acidity, this wine offers lovely complexity of flavors and a long, luscious finish.

Food Pairing

Pair with hard cheeses, marzipan or honeyed desserts, almond cakes or cookies.

Production Info
Production area/appellation
Murgia IGT
Vineyard name
Various vineyards in Gravina and Spinazzola
Vineyard size
13 acres
Soil composition
Calcareous Clay-Loam with Tuffa
Training method
VSP
Elevation
1,800 feet
Vines/acre
1,800
Yield/acre
0.7 tons
Exposure
Northern/Southern
Harvest time
October
First vintage of this wine
1992
Bottles produced of this wine
6,500
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Malvasia Lunga
Fermentation container
Barriques
Age of Aging Container
New
Length of alcoholic fermentation
30 days
Fermentation temperature
61 °F
Maceration technique
Punchdown
Type of aging container
Barriques and Stainless steel tanks
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
French: Allier
Length of aging before bottling
24 months in barriques and 12 months in stainless steel
Analytical Data
Alcohol
15 %
pH level
3.7
Residual sugar
140 g/L
Acidity
6.8 g/L

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