Grape Varietal: 30% Corvina, 30% Croatina, 30% Merlot & 10% Cabernet
Growing Region: Valpantena (Valpolicella), Veneto - Italy
Chief Winemaker: Giovanni Nordera

The Pasqua family have again found a good balance between crafting wines which respect their Italian winemaking traditions and producing a range of early drinking wines for the international market and diverse pairing experiences. The name ‘Morago’ refers to a small village in the Valpolicella wine area and it also refers to the word ‘Mora’ which in Italian means ‘blackberry’, the typical berry aromas and flavours found in this wine.

 

At first glance the IGT on the label might have some of you questioning the quality. As there can be a wide variation across wines within this Italian classification. But trust me, when I say this wine over delivers. As we move into the warmer months in the southern hemisphere - it is always good to have a few light-medium style red wines which are early drinking and versatile with lighter meats, bbq & tapa occasions over summer.
Fruit for this wine was sourced from vineyards located on the hillside areas of Valpantena, in the north-east area of Valpolicella. The soil profile is a mix of calcareous soils, with layers of flaky debris and varying sized pebbles.
This ‘Morago’ Appasite red wine blend is made with partially dried grapes. The grape bunches undergoing the ‘appassimento’ process, (the partial drying of the grapes) which lasts for about 30 days and allows the berries to achieved a higher concentration of sugars and flavours.
As the selected ripe parcels of fruit, which were hand harvested came into the winery. They were carefully placed into wooden trays and left to dry for 1 month in their Fruttaio (drying room). This unique process took place in a well managed environment where the humidity level is carefully controlled, the grapes loses around 30% of their water content. The result is higher concentrations of natural sugars due to the dehydrated berries. The vinification process took place in separate steel tanks at controlled temperature of between 25-28°C for around 30 days. Maturation then took place in used oak tonneau barrels (500 - 900 litres) for 3 months. Then after tasting each barrel, they were blended and then malolactic fermentation followed to balance and soften the wine, then bottled and rested before labeling.
In the glass you will be greeted by a deep ruby red colour. The nose has inviting aromas of red berries with subtle hints of dried spices. Those aromatic characters flow onto the medium weight palate which is nicely balanced by velvet tannins from the fruit and time in the used oak barrels. This wine has an appealing soft fruit forward, early drinking style with a smooth rounded finish.
This 2013 Pasqua 'Morago' Appassite red blend has 14% Alc. Decant for 20-30 minutes and serve at 15-17°C.

A light-medium Italian red wine, with a diverse appeal.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
With mild decanting, enjoyable this season; and will age well for another 2-3 years.
 
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:
Perfect wine pairing with mild game, kebabs, tapas, herb sausages, homemade hamburgers, mild pizzas and pasta, earthy vegetarian cuisine and hard cheeses - enjoy.