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.
2019 Ajola Rosato
What is natural wine?
The philosophy of natural wine is one of minimal-intervention, from vineyard to cellar. Natural wines are made using quality grapes, generally grown using organic and biodynamic practices, however vineyards may not always be certified as such due to the restrictive nature of these certification systems. Natural wines in most cases won't be filtered or fined, processes which generally involve the use of animal products.
Are your wines vegan friendly?
In almost all cases yes! Generally if you see "unfiltered and unfined" this will be an assurance that no animal products have been used in the process. The fining process is where conventional winemakers will often use egg and fish products (yep pretty gross) to remove sediment from wines. The sediment is natural, healthy and adds flavour so natural wine makers almost always leave some of it in.
Are your wines chemical free?
In most cases yes, natural wines generally use grapes grown using biodynamic or organic farming methods and will have none of the over 200 additives that can be found in conventional wines, with the occasional exception of a tiny amount of sulphur. Some natural winemakers choose to add a small amount of sulphur (SO2) to ensure their wines are less volatile, while a lot of natural winemakers believe strongly against this.
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