Grapes were selected from small vineyard sites at the foot of the Brenta Dolomites in Bleggio Superiore, north of Lake Garda. Situated 400-600m above sea level, on steep slopes with deep glacial soils, the vineyards are south / south-east facing to maximise exposure - essential in these mountainous areas. Here there are cold, dry winters and cool, ventilated summers - plus large differences between day and night temperatures during the ripening period. Plots were selected to enhance the characteristics of the variety. Vines were aged between 15 and 30 years, with extremely low yields (approx. 45 hl). Grapes were harvested by hand, with careful selection of bunches in the vineyard. Grapes from each vineyard were harvested at different times, according to ripeness. Must was gently pressed from the whole bunches to prevent the light pink colour being extracted from the skins. Fermentation took place with selected yeasts and at a controlled temperature (20ºC). After fermentation the wine spent time in stainless steel before being cold bottled.
Aromas of honeyed, ripe stone fruit with citrus and lightly spicy notes. The palate is complex with lime, citrus characters balanced by a spicy minerality, structure and length. Showing some development, but with the potential to age for 5 years or more.
A great match for fish dishes, including 'baccalà alla vicentina' from Veneto.
Decanter World Wine Awards 2019
Sommelier Wine Awards 2019