Prosecco, Cartizze, Vigna La Rivetta, Villa Sandi 2015 Veneto, Italy
The Cartizze microzone in the heart of the famous Valdobbiadane region provides the most sought after Glera vines in the DOCG. Tasting this wine, you can understand why. The grapes which come from Villa Sandi’s La Rivetta Estate are pressed and then the must is cooled to zero degrees centigrade and then slowly heated to encourage a slow fermentation until the right balance of atmospheric pressure, sweetness and acidity is achieved. 2015 was a glorious vintage in the hills of Valdobbiadane with ideal conditions for generating intense aromas and acidity. This has extraordinary perfume on the nose, with white lilac blossom and acacia. The palate and mousse are deft, light and delicate and the off-dry sweetness is exquisitely counter-balanced by the burst of natural acidity. At the same this rare Italian Prosecco is not remotely lacking in length or persistency. What also stands out is the purity of the floral fruit with a touch of chamomile and almond. A veritable treat for any occasion.
Taster: John Stimpfig