The Rosso Malatesta is a natural red wine from Friuli Venezia Giulia. It is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc with a small percentage of Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso, a native varietal from Italy.
This wine is produced and vinified through a special handmade process, the Carbonic Maceration, without the addiction of selected yeast, sulfites and additives. There is no destemming and crushing at the beginning but whole grapes are settled gently into a concrete tank. Here they are instantaneously heated and saturated with carbonic. The concrete tank helps to mantain the temperature average at 30 °C. The CO2 gets into the grapes, creating a chemical process which basically speed-ferments the juice while it’s still inside the berry. After 10-12 days the grapes are gently pressed and the juice continues naturally the fermentation without the addiction of selected yeast. The wine is bottled without filtering, mantaining the natural lees that have a preservative function, reducing to the minimum the addiction of sulfites.
The colour is light red and cloudy because of the no filtering. The aromas remind cherries, ripe plum and even cotton candy flavors. It is very fruity and accessible. It is smooth but with tangy minerality adding definition to the delicate red flavors. Spicy and vibrant on the taut finish. Perfect to pair with coldcuts, fish, pasta dishes and why not a good pizza.