Giusti Vecchia 1598-1998 Balsamic250ml
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This exquisite balsamic celebrates the 400 years of the Giusti family's balsamic production. Aged in a series of barrels of various woods, it has a deeply aromatic flavour, with scents of ripe fruits, notes of tobacco, roasted coffee and hints of wood.
Ingredients: Must of cooked grapes, aged wine vinegar.
Aging: In series of antique small casks, dating back to the 1800‘s. Extracted once a year in a limited quantity.
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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