Bonarda / DOC Oltrepò Pavese:
ORIGIN: Oltrepò Pavese
VINE VARIETY: Croatina (at least 85%) and Barbera.
SOIL: Medium-textured with calcareous marl located around the 45° parallel north.
GRAPE CULTIVATION: Guyot and Casarsa-trained.
HARVESTING: Mechanical harvesting.
VINIFICATION: Grape pressing and destemming with controlled fermentation with cultured yeasts.
REFINING: In stainless steel tanks, followed by pressurized vat natural second fermentation at 20°C temperature with cultured yeasts. During the ageing the wine undergoes several analytical controls to assure its integrity.
BOTTLING: Cold sterile
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 11.5%vol
COLOUR: Ruby red with purplish tinges, thick froth.
NOSE: Fruity, with hints of black currant and a spicy finish.
PALATE: Soft and mouth filling, rightly tannic with a pleasant spicy note.
INTERNATIONAL PAIRINGS: Chili with beans (Mexico) – Hamburger (USA)
SERVING TEMPERATURE: 14 – 16°C
CURIOSITY: The name has an uncertain origin: it seems to derive from the Lombardic “bono hard”, that means strong and brave.