Piquentum “Rouge”

Piquentum “Rouge”

PRODUCER

COUNTRY

Croatia

WINE TYPE

Red

APPELLATION

Istria

VARIETY

Teran

AGE OF VINES

25-50 years

FARMING

Organic

SOIL

flysch (a sequence of sedimentary rocks that is deposited in a deep marine facies in the foreland basin of a developing orogen)

ALTITUDE

250 ft.

FERMENTATION

Maceration 2-4 weeks spontaneous fermentation and spontaneous malolactic fermentation

AGING

Aged in wood (barriques) from 14 to 18 months. Bottled without filtration

DESCRIPTION

This Teran has the remarkable ability to be incredibly fragrant and coat the inside of the glass like syrup, while still being a light bodied, low alcohol wine with acidity built for the Istarski pršut (Istrian Prosciutto) that hangs from the ceiling of the winery. Primary and malolactic fermentation are completely with native yeasts. While Teran is in the Refosco (& Refošk) family, it differs in that it has slightly higher acidity and pronounced iron and sanguine flavors. Historically, Teran was given to woman after childbirth to combat anemia due to the rich iron content. A great pairing with charcuterie, oily cured fish, fish stews, and blood sausage.