Ronchi di Cialla’s masterpiece is their Schioppettino di Cialla, a wholesome and artful red wine from the small, cool-climate valley they call home. In its youth, it shows tart blackberries and peppercorn, with an even-keel that invites immersion. As it ages, the fruit and flower tones resemble dried version of themselves, with a rugged, leathery quality to lend it gravitas. It can age for 12 to 20 years.
VINIFICATION: Estate grown and bottled. Prolonged maceration for 4-5 weeks; Native yeasts; Pump-over twice daily. Maturation in French oak barriques for 14-18 months and further ageing in bottles for 30-36 months. Potential ageing in the bottle: 20-25 years with some vintages able to evolve even longer.
VINEYARD’S GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION: Cialla Valley in the commune of Prepotto (Udine) – Friuli.
VINEYARD: Cjastenet; 3.00 ha; South South West exposure; altitude: 150-200m; Roncjs; 0.56 ha; terraced hills; South South East exposure; altitude: 165-180m; family-owned. Average age of vines: 50 years.
GRAPE VARIETY: Schioppettino.
COLOUR: Balanced ruby red with bright reflections.
AROMAS: Exceptional elegance and personality. The clearest aromas are those of white pepper and small red fruits, currants and blackberries, intriguing balsamic and undergrowth (sous-bois) notes.
TASTING NOTES: Flavourful, with fruity sensations and well-balanced minerality; the supporting tannins are velvety and ripe. Although it is a wine of good structure, it has a refined and almost silky balance; it is complex, aristocratic, of great elegance and long life; racy and full of character.