Dark Balsamic Vinegars
ABOUT OUR DARK BALSAMIC VINEGARS
Our Balsamic Vinegars are a traditional balsamic condimento from Moderna Italy, aged for up to 18 years in chestnut, oak, mulberry and ash barrels. All are true natural colours, dye free and made from perfectly ripe Trebbiano grapes. Balsamic vinegar offers anti-oxidant properties, reduced risk of heart issues and can even assist in digestion.
We refer to our dark balsamic as, “Traditional Style Condimento, Aged up to 18 years.” Our dark condiment is of the highest quality and is made in Modena, Italy from cooked, high quality caramelized grape must from Tebbiano and on occasion, Lambrusco grapes. The grape must in our condiment is cooked over an open wood fire, just as actual DOP Traditional Balsamic grape must is. It is cooked down to the same consistency, density and dry solid extracts. DOP Traditional Balsamic dictates that wood-fire-cooked grape must is then put directly into old, fired wood barrels which were used to age balsamic in years past. These barrels become progressively smaller as the product becomes thicker and naturally evaporates over time.
We can accurately and confidently say that our product has been “aged for up to 18 years”, but please note that age is not a meaningful criteria of quality. Our condimento’s very low acidity of 4.5% is a function of the grape must being naturally cooked down, condensed and aged without the addition of thickeners and sweeteners, unlike so many “balsamic-like” products on the market. Many of these imposters are not from Modena and are comprised almost wholly of poor quality un-aged wine or distilled vinegar, thickeners, color, artificial flavor, syrups or sweeteners. The density and complexity of our condimento are a testament to the fact that it’s made in Modena in the “traditional style” from high quality grape must, which has been cooked over an open wood fire and then aged using the Solera system. Our condiment contains the highest level of grape dried extract solids, which is one of the most important criteria used to measure and certify the Traditional DOP Balsamic Vinegar sold exclusively in the small consortium licensed bottles.