In a Nutshell
Tiny production of this wine: fewer than 4,000 bottles.
Intense golden colour; a luscious honeyed nose with pronounced botrytis character. Aromas of floral honeysuckle with hints of dried apricots, marmalade and raisins; wonderful mellow palate with elegant notes of orange blossom, honey and vanilla. The sweetness is balanced by lively acidity giving a pure, long and deliciously appealing finish.
The various grape varieties are cultivated in a number of sunny and well ventilated vineyards in the area around Calavino and Lavis. These conditions are important as they allow a partial drying process of the grapes still on the plants. Noble rot plays a very important role in this process, as it develops inside the individual berries absorbing the water and letting both sugars and aromatic substances develop in the grapes. Grapes are hand harvested at the end of November when they are overripe and slightly shrivelled. The result is a wine with exceptional aromas and taste. After soft pressing, the very sugary must is subject to a lengthy fermentation period in stainless steel. The wine is matured for a brief period in barriques before bottling, and further ageing in bottle before release allows the wonderfully complex sweet flavours to reach their full potential.
Cavit is a leading co-operative in the mountainous Trentino region of northeast Italy. The winery began as a consortium of associated grape growers in 1950, with a dedicated winery at Ravina di Trento built in 1964. Today It unites 11 separate cellars and their combined 4,500 grape growers across 7,000 hectares of vineyard, to produce an impressively broad portfolio from an intriguing palette of indigenous and international grape varieties.