2019 Ajola Rosato
The 2019 Ajola Rosato is a real field blend of Aleatico, Procanico, Malvasia Toscana, Verdello and Drupeggio from forty five year old vines planted over sandy loams. This spent three days on skins, followed by six months in vat making for a rosato of real charm. With a light perfume of red fruits and flowers and a touch of refreshing bitterness, great drinking.
Ajola is a collaboration between Jacopo and Trisha, a small farm located between Lazio, Tuscany and Umbria, in the hills between Orvieto and Bolsena.
The first challenge in establishing the Ajola was restoring the vineyard as the plants had been badly treated for many decades. Some of the older sites were in such bad shape that they had to be completely overhauled and new vines were planted in their place, using cuttings of old varietals from the area in the grafting process. The soil is volcanic, comprised mainly of sandy loam and rich in organic matter. All the parcels have an easterly exposition and sit 440 metres above sea level. Recently they have started farming some hectares of old white varieties (procanico and ansonica) on the lake of Bolsena, the soil is also volcanic but less rich in organic material and marked by black sand and stones.