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Prosecco is Italy's most famous sparkling wine produced mainly in the wine appellations of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene in the region of Veneto which are the only DOC- level zones for ‘Prosecco’.
Prosecco is also the name of the grape that forms the basis of the eponymous sparkling wine and many of the best examples contain 100% Prosecco, although Verdiso, Perera and Bianchetta grape varieties which are considered to be of lesser stature, can be used up to a maximum of 15% .
Prosecco grape is distinguished by its aromatics of lemon and green apples, and its subtle flavours of white peaches, freshly picked flowers and notes of yeastiness. The base wine is made using the Charmat method.
Prosecco Superiore di Cartizze DOC encompasses the steepest hills in the Prosecco di Valdobbiadene district which deliver the most intense, complex styles of Prosecco sparkling wine.
Despite the wine's lowly status, the Valdobbiadene region is regarded as one of the best sources of Prosecco grapes, coming from vineyards 300metres above sea level; here the grape is blended with 15% Chardonnay by father/son team, Eduardo and Paolo Trevisiol. The family tradition is set to continue with Paolo's son Dario already eyeing up his grandfather's shoes as winemaker. Dario is 12 years old. White peachy fruit and stony minerality combine to make this a delightful apéritif which goes perfectly with bruschettini and harissa almonds.
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Prosecco is the perfect summer fizz, and this is an excellent example, with beautifully defined white peach and pear fruit, and a caressing rather than aggressive mousse. The Ferraro family make this wine in the classic “spumante” style, adding just enough cane sugar at the second fermentation stage to provide the bubbles and leave a well-judged 16g per litre of sugar (hence the “Extra-Dry” rather than more austere “Brut” designation) that accentuates the fruit and acts as a foil to the natural acidity of the wine. Making a Bellini with this wine, whilst undoubtedly delicious, is almost a crime when it is so good “naked”. Martin Hudson MW Put bluntly: the difference between drinking this deliciously soft, spritely flowing white flower and greengage fruited Prosecco wine and that of a branded competitor is akin to sleeping on Egyptian cotton versus polyester sheets! Right from the off you know you’re being treated to the real thing by the way this wine offers you clean fresh fruit on the nose; like staring into a mountain stream. And so it tumbles from the nose to the mouth, an endless roll of pure pulpy fruit, in exquisite harmony with the fresh white limestone and floral notes; the 16 grams of residual sugar perfectly interwoven as to be hidden. And for those armed with an iPhone, you can download the wine’s particulars by scanning the back label motif! David Berry Green A deliciously soft and spritely white flower and greengage-fruited Prosecco with perfectly interwoven 16g residual sugar, so finishing off-dry. Edwin Dublin, London Shop
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