Made from selected hillside grapes grown in the exclusive district of Valdobbiadene, this wine is a true ambassador for the winegrower’s tradition. Natural re-fermentation in the bottle constitutes an ancient method for obtaining sparkling wines which locally are called “col fondo” (“with lees”). The presence of natural enzymes in the bottle lends the wine a particular aromatic complexity, bringing out its terroir.
A wine for connoisseurs.
Classification: Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin (DOCG)
Area of origin: the hills of Santo Stefano di Valdobbiadene.
Average altitude of vineyards: 250 - 350 metres sl.
Type of terrain: mixed, with a large number of hills of morainic origin.
Soil: clayey, often limy, low-nutrient, well-drained and thin, especially at higher altitudes.
Planting density: 2,500 -3,500 plants per hectare.
Harvest period: 20 September - 10 October.
Vinification: soft pressing, static decantation of must, fermentation at controlled temperature (16-18°C). In spring it is bottled and begins a slow natural re-fermentation in a dark room at a temperature of 16-17°C. When fermentation is complete the yeasts remain on the bottom.
Duration of fermentation and fining in the bottle: approximately 2 months.
Alcohol content: 11% by vol.
Sugar content: none.
Total acidity: 5.5 g/l
Low sulfite content: total: 50-60 mg/l. Free sulfites: none.
Appearance: straw-yellow colour; slight, fine, persistent perlage.
Bouquet: fresh, fruity notes, blended with a characteristic “breadcrust” flavour, gradually giving way over time to increasingly complex notes stemming from contact with the yeast.
Taste: dry and pleasantly bitter.
Serving: cool just before using to 8-10° C. Pour delicately into a carafe, avoiding shaking to eliminate the slight final haziness.
Type of glass recommended: a medium-width white-wine glass. Flutes are best avoided as, although they show the perlage excellently, they do not allow the aromas of the wine to develop or be appreciated to the full.
Storage: Bottles stored horizontally in a cool, dark place. Avoid long periods in the refrigerator