In order to qualify as a “RISERVA”, a wheel of Grana Padano cheese must have been aged for at least 20 months after being placed in the mould in the area of production, and must have the following quality characteristics:
- first grade;
- evidently grainy in texture with a clear radial fracture into slivers;
- even white or straw-yellow colour;
- absence of anomalous odour;
- fragrant and delicate flavour.
It is therefore a cheese with particular, highly-esteemed characteristics, which is selected by means of a thorough and complete examination of the external appearance of the wheel, the texture of the cheese, its colour and organoleptic characteristics.
The RISERVA type is a new selection, aimed at more attentive and discerning consumers who are known for their sophisticated approach to food and for seeking top-quality products.
Due to its excellent organoleptic characteristics, the RISERVA type represents ultimate perfection. Cheese falling within this category is the star of the table, whether grated or served on a cheese board. It is capable of being aged for a particularly long period of time (up to twenty-four months and longer), acquiring an increasingly rich and full flavour, whilst never becoming overpowering. This is the preferred choice of connoisseurs and gourmets.
: Grana Padano D.O.P.