Orange Wine Quarto Colore IGP 2021 – Cantine Imperatore
“Quarto Colore” is an Orange Wine made from Pampanuto grapes, a rare variety native to Puglia, cultivated using organic practices. This wine showcases prominent floral notes, particularly reminiscent of orange peel. It offers a refreshing vibrant acidity, while maintaining a velvety texture. Best enjoyed with blue cheeses and seafood dishes.
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The winery places a strong emphasis on respecting nature and plants. The wine is crafted using natural methods, drawing inspiration from the past while looking to the future. The hallmark of their production is the evident elegance that shines through in every bottle. They produce five Primitivo crus in the Adelfia hills in Puglia (DOC Gioia del Colle), with each bottle sourced from its own small, naturally managed, and transitioning organic bush vine vineyard.
It’s a type of wine made from white grape varieties where the grape skins are left in contact with the juice during fermentation, giving the wine an orange or amber color. This extended skin contact imparts additional flavours, textures, and tannins to the wine.
It is produced using a similar method to red wine.
As a result of the prolonged skin contact, orange wines have a distinct orange to amber hue.
They’re often exhibit a wide range of aromas and flavours, including notes of dried fruits, floral elements, spices, tea-like characteristics, and sometimes a subtle oxidative quality.
The extended skin contact gives also a textured mouthfeel and tannic structure, similar to red wines. This can add complexity and depth to the wine.
Due to their tannic structure, texture, and unique profile, orange wines can be versatile with food pairings. They can complement a variety of dishes, including those with rich and hearty flavours.
Orange wines are often associated with natural winemaking practices, where minimal intervention and additives are used during the winemaking process.
While the modern trend of orange wines has gained popularity in recent years, the technique has historical roots in winemaking traditions of countries such as Georgia and northeastern Italy.
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