J. S. RASCH VIN & SPIRITUS
J. S. Rasch wine and colonial trade has been selling the good things in life since 1807. The current ownership goes back 2 generations.
Cantina Orsogna – Italy
Civitas Pecorino is composed of 85% Pecorino and 15% other local grape varieties, which are obtained from biodynamically grown, high-altitude vineyards (450-500 m.a.s.l.) in Terre di Chieti. The relatively cool growing conditions result in a longer ripening process, which produces very aromatic and crisp wines. The ancient, local grape Pecorino gives a low yield, but on the other hand incredibly concentrated and complex wines.
After a gentle mashing of the grapes, a short skin maceration and a light pressing, the fermentation takes place coolly (12-14°C for approx. 30 days) in steel tanks, exclusively with the grapes’ own yeast cells. The wine is then matured with its “scum” (sediment) in steel tanks for 3 months. After bottling, the wine matures for a further 2 months.
Civitas Pecorino has a nice golden color with a greenish tinge. The scent is dry and mineral as well as very aromatic and composed with nuances of wild flowers, herbs, acacia flowers, citrus fruits and a bit of ginger. The taste is full, with a rare, good structure for a white wine, and a fantastic combination between the ethereal, spicy notes and a delicate minerality and crispness. The wine can be used both for lighter, Mediterranean-inspired vegetable dishes, but also for more exotic seafood or fish dishes. Try it also with poultry or veal in light sauces or with sheep’s or goat’s cheese.
Cantina Orsogna takes its name from the municipality of Orsogna, located in the province of Chieti in Abruzzo. With only 15 km to the Adriatic Sea on one side and 20 km to the Apennine mountain range on the other, a rare example is created of how production systems are integrated with a unique nature and create quality of life. One of Europe’s best-preserved nature parks works in perfect harmony with quality agriculture.
Cantina Orsogna is undoubtedly one of the most important producers of organic wine in Italy, and is possibly the largest holder of biodynamically cultivated vineyards. The cooperative was established by local farmers in 1964, and today has more than 1,100 hectares, of which at least 80% is organically grown. This creates fertile ground for making organic wine at a high level from many shelves – from entry level to single fields. The wines are created with intensity, character and personality. At Orsogna, the red wine grapes Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (50%), Trebbiano and Sangiovese are grown, as well as the local white grapes Pecorino and Cocociola.