Sant' Helena Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso delle Venezie, Fantinel
Rosso delle Venezie The Refosco grape, or to give it its full name ‘Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso', meaning the Refosco with the red stalk, has been cultivated in the north-east of Italy for centuries. The grapes are harvested by hand from Fantinel's own vineyards, a fifth being left to dry on straw mats for about two months, known as ‘appassimento', prior to fermentation. After a submerged-cap maceration the wine is aged in very large Allier and Slavonian oak barrels for about 18 months. Shows intense aromas of developed forest fruit flavours and a note of bitter spice on the rich finish.