In a Nutshell
The rare Slarina grape is native to the Monferrato hills of eastern Piemonte.
A subtle, lifted nose of crushed red fruits and hints of wild herbs. Fresh and lively on the palate with nice purity of fruit, blackcurrant, forest fruits and sweet red cherry. Well structured with fine tannins and lightly spicy oak, fresh, delicate and sappy on the finish.
There are just 0.5 hectares of Slarina vines at Tenuta Il Cascinone, grafted in June 2017. The rows face south-west at 350m altitude. After hand-harvesting in mid-September, 95% of the grapes are crushed, destemmed and transferred to stainless steel to begin fermentation, whilst the remaining 5% are left to dry in crates for 15 days. After alcoholic fermentation, the dried 5% is crushed, destemmed and added to the rest. Malolactic fermentation takes place in stainless steel. Then 75% is decanted into large barrels, and the remaining 25% into barriques, for 12 months.
Azienda Agricola Il Cascinone
Il Cascinone was acquired by leading Piemonte producer Araldica in 1999 – an exceptional estate in the Monferrato hills which has undergone extensive restoration and replanting. Now around 70ha of the total 102ha are in full production, with the warmer, southwest-facing slopes used to grow Barbera, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon – whilst the northeast slopes are ideal for more aromatic varieties Brachetto and Moscato, along with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.