Granato — Teroldego 2018
A Wine That
is all about the undertones of wine — think graphite, like the smell of fresh pencil shavings — together with the intoxicating scent of damp earth just after it's been raining. Then, squeeze a touch of raspberry and cherry juice into it, and voilà... you have Granato. If you can be patient, after some additional time spent ageing, it will develop an extra dimension of truffles and moss.
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- Winemaker: Foradori
Where and How?
This comes from biodynamic vineyards of Trento, next to the Dolomites. Grapes and pomegranates have common origins, and often grow together in the Mediterranean, hence this wine is named Granato. This is the top Foradori cuvée, coming from the original old vineyards of Campo Rotaliano, Mezzolombardo, from which Elisabetta took her cuttings to save the heritage of Teroldego (planted 1938 - 1956). The soils are alluvial, gravel and pebble.
The Teroldego grapes were destemmed and macerated in large open vats for two to three weeks, where fermentation occurred naturally. Maceration took place infusion-style, to give a more elegant style of wine. After pressing, the wine was aged for 15 months in large old oak foudres.
The Winemaker: Foradori
Elisabetta Foradori is an institution in herself. A winemaking powerhouse. The OG keeper of the Teroldego grape, Elisabetta is largely responsible for the preservation and diversification of the variety.
These days, Foradori is a family affair. In recent years, Elisabetta was joined by sons Emilio and Theo (who LITTLEWINE spoke to for this article) and daughter Myrtha. They now help to run the estate and have brought to the table, as Elisabetta did back in 1984, a fresh perspective on biodynamics and permaculture, which enables the winery to keep on evolving—just as it has done since 1934.