Fourth Centenary 15 Year Old Balsamic
This special quality balsamic vinegar was created to celebrate four centuries of production by the Giusti family. Obtained from the most precious grapes, aged for many years in barrels dating back to the 1800’s, full bodied with an unmistakeable aromatic bouquet and a lasting sweet aftertaste, it is an exceptional addition to many recipes, grilled steak, sautéed chicken, a wedge of Parmesan, fresh strawberries or ice cream or just directly from the spoon!
Aged wine vinegar, cooked grape must
We hope that you enjoy our selection of Balsamic Vinegars. We wanted to bring you the best quality prize winning vinegar at great prices and to be able to assure you that you won’t find any mention of extracts, sugars, preservatives or colourings on our labels.
There are many brands and types of so-called balsamic vinegar, most are cheap and artificially coloured and thickened. The real, mouth-wateringly good ones are a little more expensive, thanks to the superior production method and lengthy ageing process undertaken, and are a world apart from their imposters.
Our producer is Giuseppe Giusti in Modena. Seventeen generations of his family have been producing high quality balsamic vinegar since 1605 and have won numerous prizes (including 14 Gold Medals) over the centuries. They were the authors of the first documented recipe for the production of Balsamic Vinegar and are the custodians of the most extraordinary existing cask reserve, composed of invaluable century old barrels.
Giuseppe Giusti and his family select good quality Trebbiano and Lambrusco grapes and slowly reduce the grape juice in copper kettles until it is thick, dark and sweet. No caramel is added to sweeten and colour it - this is the industrial way to mimic age. Giusti do not reduce by speedy pressurisation either, as do many industrial producers of balsamic.
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. The family 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.