Produttore / Producer:
The name “Maley” comes from both an old Valdostano name for apple (Malus in Latin) and one of the pre-20th century names for Mont Blanc (Mont Malais). Maley is Gianluca’s revival of an old Valdostano tradition of cider-making that Mussolini quashed in the 1930s as part of his effort to eliminate anything not sufficiently “Italian” — cider being in the fascists’ view a French affectation. Maley is the only cider producer in Italy making artisanal cider with heirloom apples. (There are a few siderie in Alto Adige, but they are not using interesting apples and the results are ho-hum).
Cantina / Cellar:
Maley Cidre Extra Brut ‘Jorasses’
Frutteto / Orchard
Nome / Name: Seissogne
Ettari / Hectares: 1 ha.
Quota / Altitude: 1000 m / 3280 ft.
Suoli / Type of soils: Shists and basalts.
Esposizione / Exposure: north-east, north-west.
Varietà / Varieties: Raventze (apple).
Età deli meli / Apple tree age: 100-150 years old.
Densità / Planting Density: 55 apple trees/hectare.
Allevamento / Trellis system: Vase.
Data di raccolta / Harvest date: October.
Metodo di raccolta / Harvest technique: Hand harvested with 14 meters-long ladders.
Metodo agricolo / Agricultural technique: As it was 1000 years ago — no chemicals.
Resa / Yield: 4000 kilograms / hectare.
Cantina / Cellar
Lieviti / Yeasts: Selected from a yeasts’ strain from Saint Marcel.
Fermentazione alcolica / Alcoholic fermentation: 10 days, 15°C.
Fermentazione malolattica / Malolactic fermentation: No.
Affinamento / Élevage:4 months.
Chiarificazione, filtrazione / Clarification, filtration: Yes, with carton filters.
Zolfo / Sulphur: 72 mg/L total, 10 mg/L free.
Altri prodotti aggiunti? / Other products added?: None.
Produzione annua / Annual production: 100 cases.
Gradazione alcolica / Alcoholic %: 7.5%.
Tappo e bottiglia / Closure and bottle: Cork and cage closure; 750 ml sparkling wine bottle.