TEROLDEGO
ROTALIANO DOC
“SANGUE DI DRAGO”

GRAPE VARIETY
100% TEROLDEGO
The variety Teroldego finds in the aforesaid soil all the elements to express at its best its generous quality. The origins of these autochthonous red grapes according to popular tradition, date back to the legend of The Dragon of Firmian Castle, which overhangs the “Borgo”. For this reason we have called our reserve of Teroldego Rotaliano “Sangue di Drago”.

VINIFICATION
The constrained yields per hectare, systematically obtained by cutting the clusters, give richer and more resistant skins and pulp, allowing for optimal phenolic maturation. The traditional maceration on the skins is accompanied by frequent and methodical soft pressings. Temperature-controlled fermentation occurs in stainless steel tanks. Fined in French oak barriques for at least 16/18 months. Kept still in bottles before its release in September.

ORGANOLEPTIC CHARACTERISTICS
COLOUR: intense, black, rich, almost impenetrable
AROMA: hints of woodland fruit (raspberry, strawberry, bilberry) typical of a young Teroldego, give
way to a more developed aroma of blackberry, dry fruit and spices
TASTE: tones of plum, chocolate, fruit, pulpy structure with soft, sweet and mature tannins. An aromatic blackberry-mint balance, where the discreet woody hints never threaten the original Teroldego fruit.
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 13% VOL

SERVING TEMPERATURE
Serve at 20° C- possibly uncork an hour before serving

MATCHING WITH FOOD
Suitable for strong red meat dishes, roasts, venison and game, red meats with brown sauces, mature cheese. Excellent by itself as a meditation wine

CONSERVATION AND LASTING
Thanks to its texture and concentration can age for several years with a very interesting development

HISTORY AND……LEGEND

Above the Teroldego vineyards of the Rotaliana, since time immemorial a land devoted to viticulture, the walls of Mount Mezzocorona rise vertically and hanging on its cliffs the remnants of the impregnable S. Gottardo castle can still be seen.
The legend tells that in the caves of the hermitage a powerful dragon lived, implacable scourge of the area and of its frightened inhabitants.
And so it was that a young knight, Count Firmian, historical family of Mezzocorona, had the courage to confront the basilisk on its own territory. One day, early in the morning, armed with spear and sword, the brave knight climbed up the mountain and laid in front of the cave a bowl of milk and a mirror. The dragon had a weakness for milk and after smelling it came out in the open to drink it. To its surprise he saw the mirror and looking at its own image felt a streak of vanity. The young knight took advantage of the circumstances and wounded the dragon mortally. The festive population carried in triumph the intrepid knight and the unlucky dragon through the fair lands of Mezzocorona but….. a few drops of its blood fell on the Rotaliano soil and from these the first stumps of Teroldego germinated.
This is how the legendary origin of this autochthonous variety is explained, and even today the local folk call this generous wine with an intense red-ruby colour “Dragon’s Blood”.