Passerina IGP Terre di Chieti 2017

“Ferzo,” in Italian refers to a patch of fabric that, when stitched together with others, creates a sail.  The union of the finest viticultural “patches” in Abruzzo gives life to Ferzo, a distinctive line of wines which embody the best of region’s indigenous grape varieties.

About the Vineyard

The vineyards that source Ferzo Passerina are found in the rolling hills that stretch between the Adriatic Sea in the East to the Appenine Mountains in the West.  The relationship between mountains and sea is always felt in this part of Italy as temperature variations yield a constant breeze known here as the "brezza di terra". 

Wine Production

Native to Abruzzo, the Passerina grape produces wines of tremendous character. The grapes are expertly farmed in pristine vineyards before undergoing a gentle pressing and 6-hour cold soak before fermentation in stainless steel. 

Tasting Notes

Medium yellow in color, bursting with bright aromas of ripe stone fruit, mineral, citrus blossom, and freshly cut grass.  Lively and aromatic with a balanced and refreshing finish.  

Food Pairing

Immensely versatile, Ferzo Passerina is excellent as an aperitif or ideal with seafood, from the traditional fisherman's "brodetto all'abruzzese" (a light, tomoto-broth fish stew) to fresh crudo. It works well with poultry, salumi and soft or young cheeses.

Production Info
Vineyard size
29 acres
Soil composition
Calcareous and Clay
Training method
Abruzzo trellis/runner system
Elevation
787 feet
Vines/acre
1400 / 1600
Average Vine Age
more than 20 years
Yield/acre
3.6 tons
Exposure
Southeastern / Southern
Year vineyard planted
1998
Harvest time
September
First vintage of this wine
2015
Bottles produced of this wine
13,100
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Passerina
Prefermentation Technique
Cold soak
Time on its skins
6 hours
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation
10-12 days
Fermentation temperature
57-64 °F
Malolactic fermentation
no
Fining agent
Animal based
Type of aging container
Stainless steel tanks
Length of bottle aging
1 month
Size of aging container
5000/10000
Length of aging before bottling
3 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
13.3 %
pH level
3.3
Residual sugar
4 g/L
Acidity
6 g/L
Dry extract
22.4 g/L

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