2018 Prosecco Masottina, Conegliano Valdobbiadene, Le Rive di Ogliano, Extra Dry, Veneto, Italy

2018 Prosecco Masottina, Conegliano Valdobbiadene, Le Rive di Ogliano, Extra Dry, Veneto, Italy

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2018 Prosecco Masottina, Conegliano Valdobbiadene, Le Rive di Ogliano, Extra Dry, Veneto, Italy

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Masottina’s top cuvée, Le Rive refers to the best vineyard in the town of Ogliano in the Valdobbiadene region of Prosecco. Here the soil is formed from remnants of an ancient glacial flow and is full of minerals. This is the very finest expression of Glera, the variety used in Prosecco: a bright, fresh and elegant wine with additional savoury notes from extended lees ageing. Fresh pear fruit, great concentration and very fine bubbles show how good quality Prosecco can be. Ready to drink now.
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Masottina, Veneto

Masottina, Veneto

Located in Prosecco’s Conegliano region of the Veneto, on white marne soils, lie the 60hectares of Masottina’s vineyards. Owned by the Dal Bianco family since 1946, they switched from being a negociant to vineyard owner in the 1960s. With the advent of the ‘metodo Martinotti’ (Charmat tank method of making spumante) during the 1980s, Adriano Dal Bianco grew the business that now bottles circa 1 million bottles/annum, plus what they buy in to bottle for others. In 2008 his sons Filippo and Federico joined the business. A classic expression of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco.
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Prosecco

Prosecco

Prosecco is officially Italy’s favourite sparkling wine. Grown among the spettacolo ‘pre-Alpi’ (Alpine foothills) that dominate the Venetian skyline from Treviso to the Austrian border and on the flats as far as Venezia, it’s a light frothy spumante that Italians drink anytime, anywhere.

And since being awarded the DOCGarantita status last year (the highest political wine award in the land!) it’s become fashionable too; the new Pinot Grigio if you like! Significantly they’ve started differentiating between the different grapes that go into the wine.

Prosecco is a wine style, at whose heart should be the Glera grape, along with healthy doses of Chardonnay, probably Trebbiano and who knows what else from down south… It’s made in the spumante industry’s equivalent of the ‘continuous still’ process whereby still wine has sugar added to it so triggering the second, bubbly ferment in tank; the Charmat method using zeppelin-shaped (and sized) stainless steel tanks and bottled to order. This facile style of spumante was born with the advent of the autoclave tank, coming during the 1970s as the industry sought a cheap source of endless fizz.

Importantly it all but rendered extinct the traditional ‘colfondo’ style frizzante (less gas, more flavour) that came from the wine’s second ferment taking place in bottle, having had grape must (not sugar) added. This latter more ‘serious’ style of Prosecco is now gently fizzing again among small artisan producers keen to reveal the true face of their fine terroir; not dissimilar to what’s happened in Champagne in fact, with the emergence of ‘growers Champagnes’.

One such Prosecco producer is Belecasel. Based at Caerano san Marco, near Treviso, the small 10 hectare (120,000 bottles/year) family estate lies in a fiercely protected subzone of calcareous clay hills called Asolo.

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