“Ripawine her Crete is an Offida Passerina. The Passerina grape has very ancient origins and belongs to the huge Trebbiano family. Like many other white grape varieties from central Italy. The Passerina has found the best conditions for its development in the areas of Piceno and northern Abruzzo. These are the areas where Ripawine’s vineyards are located. Qualitatively, the Passerina is a very interesting vine that has been mainly in the shade for many decades. Until recently it was rediscovered by some passionate winemakers. The name Crete refers to the clayey characteristics of the land on which the passerina vines are grown. Clay is called “cretoso” in the local dialect and hence the name Crete.”
Wine: Offida Passerina “Crete”
Grape variety: Passerina
Region/region: Ripatransone (The Marches)
Type: Dry white wine
Soil: Medium mix, mostly clay
Serving temperature: 10-12 ° C
Lay-up potential: –
First, the grapes for Ripawine’s Offida Passerina “Crete” are picked by hand. Then they are destemmed and crushed. Then there is a gentle pressing of the grapes, during which only the free-range must recovers. The grapes are then fermented in vitrified cement tanks. This is done at a controlled temperature between 13 and 15 °C. At the end of the fermentation, the fermentation and preservation of the finished wine takes place on the fine lees. With repeated batonnage up to the period prior to bottling. This repeated batonnage provides more smell, taste and depth. Finally, it is refined in bottle for 4 months.
The Crete has a straw yellow color with green reflections.
Fruity scents with hints of, for example, apple and banana. In addition, there are also floral notes such as lily.
This Offida Passerina has a juicy and soft taste. The minerality and aromatic herbs contribute to this unique wine.
Dishes such as refined fish risottos, legume soups and fresh seafood salads go well with the Crete.
“Boutique winery of a large house elsewhere in Marche. Winemakers like a kid in the candy store. May work with the best grapes. Fortunately, they also do their best. Pick by hand, de-stem and lightly crush. Free run juice. Not wood but cement with glass inner lining. Thus crystal clear bianco . With transparent apple, pear carpaccio and a view of green banana and citrus. Charming almond bitters. Juice and glittering minerals.”