RUCHE’ DI CASTAGNOLE MONFERRATO D.O.C.
In the last few years, the wine-farm enlarged and some hectares of new vineyards have
been planted. Today, the Cantine Sant’Agata production capacity has almost reached 7
hectares of Ruché grapes.
The label “Il Cavaliere” (the Knight) symbolizes the highest expression of the link between
the territory’s flair and the grapes. It was created when the first vineyard, recently planted,
gave the first grapes. The separation of the grapes coming from young vineyards, is the
symbol of the devotion and the loyalty to the respect of the territory and the production
principles in which the brothers Cavallero believe.
GRAPES. 100% Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato (Piedmont).
GENERAL DESCRIPTION. The Ruché is a secular vine. We don’t know its origin, but we think it was imported from France at the beginning of last century. There are many tales regarding the origin of its name.
One in particular seems the most reliable: the legend tells that in a farmhouse called “Rocca” (rock), some friars produced this sweet wine to donate to the inhabitants of the local castel (Castel del Poggio). This is the origin of the name “Ruché”. Since it is more delicate than the vines Barbera and Grignolino, the pruning is made in spring. It buds later than other vines and its foliage is of a more vivid green. The vine branches are thicker. It produces a long and thin bunch, with round grapes, full of seeds. The grape is always extremely sweet and ripens too early.
ORGANOLEPTIC DATA. Characterized by great harmony and balance. It shows an intriguing, refined aromatic note. For its warm character, it’s excellent as aperitif or for the entire meal. The bouquet exhales tones of violet, rose, hay and vanilla. Warm-bodied to the palate with a long aromatic persistence. It can be consumed young or aged.
VINIFICATION AND AGEING. Removal of grape stalks and soft pressing of the bunches with lower sulphur dioxide level. The fermentation in contact with the skins lasts 14/16 days at a temperature of 28-30°C. Malo-lactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks.
GASTRONOMIC MATCH. It’s a spicy wine which perfectly matches with an aromatic and spicy dishes.
Excellent with game: deer, wild boar and hare or with barnyard animals cooked in the same wine..