PHENOLOGY AND CULTIVATION
Very compact with small bunches and a high number of pips. Oseleta has a very low yield with little juice compared to the other varietals. The low juice content becomes even more apparent with the Appassimento method, where this cultivar has a faster evaporation rate and is often pressed earlier than the other cultivars when making Amarone or Recioto. It is fairly resistant to disease and is cultivated on site in plots with more gravel and sand.
Deep purple in color with ruby reflections, delicate violet aromas, intricate fresh herbal notes, blackberry flavours, cinnamon and when aged in the bottle, shows some tar and petrol character. It is notably tannic and if not harvested when it is sufficiently ripe, it can present an invasive unripe character.
When used as single varietal, Oseleta produces wines that have a very complex and interesting tannic structure. It is used in a lower percentage in Amarone Classico (5-7%), and in higher percentages in younger wines, bringing noteworthy elegance and complex aromas.
Red fruit – Very delicate – Floral
Low yield – Deep color