Giusti Riccardo Balsamic

Giusti Riccardo Balsamic

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This award winning late harvest balsamic is dedicated to the ancestor, Riccardo, who created the recipe at the beginning of the 20th century. More viscous and concentrated than Giusti's usual style, Riccardo is obtained from sweet, sundried grapes and and undergoes a longer cooking process.

Aromas and flavours of plum jam and red fruits intertwine with hints of honey and vanilla in a considerably viscous and sweet product.

Riccardo is perfect in a dressing for savoury or sweet dishes, a delicious addition to pasta dishes and excellent drizzled over steak or any cut of beef.

Ingredients: Must of cooked sundried grapes, aged wine vinegar.

Aging: In barrels, with the addition of aged balsamic vinegar extracted from a series of centuries old casks.

 Also available in a 100ml miniature.

The Giusti family have been making balsamic in the traditional way for over 400 years. They are the oldest and most awarded producer of balsamic and have an unrivalled selection of aged barrels still in use.

Giusti select good quality Trebbiano and Lambrusco grapes and slowly reduce the grape juice in copper kettles until it is thick, dark and sweet. Unlike industrially-produce balsamic vinegar, Giusti do not use pressurisation to speed up the reduction process. It is a labour of time and patience.

Giusti add only good quality wine vinegar to the cooked grape must, and then age it in traditional barrels of various woods - juniper, cherry, oak, ash, and mulberry. Each wood infuses the balsamic with its own unique flavour and aroma. Giusti have over 1000 barrels in use - 600 of which are over 200 years old. Many industrial producers have only a few barrels and large, stainless steel silos.

As the balsamic ages, it ferments, and the liquid evaporates. Each barrel is then topped up with balsamic from another barrel of different wood. Because each barrel contains a blend of vinegars from other barrels, it is impossible to truthfully determine the age of the balsamic in any one barrel. An age on a bottle of balsamic is therefore a false marketing ploy for the unaware.



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