The vineyard: makes part of our main vineyard in Monforte d’Alba (Vigna Chiesa). It was planted by us in 2013 replacing a mix varieties experimental vineyard. The hill faces West, the soil is predominantly clayy but with a fair percentage of sand and gray tuff. The 2017 was its second year of production, abnormally dry and hot, we picked grapes in August for the first time.
The variety: widely planted in the past in Liguria and Piedmont (Alba and Mondovì). Actually its growing area is limited to the counties of Sinio, Roddino & Monforte d’Alba. One can still find some old vines in a vineyard in Cinque Terre (Liguria). The name is due to the intense amber or rather dark pink colour of the skin when the ripe berry is exposed to the sun. There are only 5 producers that make this wine.
The wine: it was not easy to repeat the style of the wine from the previous harvest when a spontaneous malolactic fermentation happened. We also had to discard more than 10 hl of the press fraction which was of deep orange colour (because of the sun burned grapes) and due to its oxydation during malolactic. The wine is thick and buttery on the part of Rossese and fragrant and fresh on the part of Manzoni B.
The name: there’s a XIVth century decree issued by the counts Alfieri who owned Magliano, now part of the Roero area, for a long time. This document explicitly prohibits the use of hedgehogs as part of their vassals’ diet. In the cited paper those animals were named “cyrogrillos”.
The label: a slightly nervous hedgehog, disturbed by the sudden gastronomic interest towards its humble personality that tries to hide beneath some flowers form the hungry Maglianians.