Fontanafredda - Alta Langa Gatinera Brut DOC 2004 Ml. 750
To 12 months
In the heart of the Langhe, a world of hills dating back to ancient times and a winery that can boast 155 years of history, made up of work, passion, respect for the land and culture of taste; a history which continues to be made today, along the path set for so many years, towards other new important goals.
The estate's noble pastis still evident at Fontanafredda today in the hunting lodge, hamlet, extensive cellars and vineyards, but it continues to innovate and experiment, perfecting what nature and history have handed down.
This is why, in the Langhe, where the landscape is marked by the vines and wines that have linked generations down the years, Fontanafredda continues to stand out as a point of reference: the expression of a wine culture that stems from the land and the vineyard, and matures through the work and creativity of men.
The vineyards of Fontanafredda lie on mostly evenly-contoured, rounded hillsides at altitudes between 200 and 400 metres, in the municipal areas of Serralunga d'Alba, Diano d'Alba, Barolo and Murisengo: in all, 85 hectares, planted mostly with the traditional Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto and Moscato grape varieties.
The composition of the mainly calcareous soil can change within the space of a few dozen meters, sometimes looser, containing as much as almost 50% sand, and sometimes firmer, with a higher content of silt and, above-all, clay.
Though temperature patterns during the year are typical of a continental climate, with rainfall concentrated in spring and autumn, conditions can vary considerably and this is what can make each vintage so extraordinarily diverse.
At Fontanafredda, beneath high brick vaulted ceilings, the oak casks and steel vats housed in the majestic nineteenth-century cellars accommodate the noble red wines for their ageing, while newer buildings are equipped with all the technology that is essential today to bring out the best in the characteristics of the white and sparkling wines.
This skilful procedure prioritises the safeguarding of values such as identity and origin and allows the two souls of Fontanafredda still and sparkling wines to coexist harmoniously.
A blend of tradition and innovation, of experience and technical progress, with which the fascinating personality of Fontanafredda's wines is renewed with each vintage.
|Ageing and Fining||The grapes are harvested in the vineyard into 20-kg crates, and taken to the winery where they immediately undergo soft, delicate pressing. The resulting must is transferred into heat-conditioned tanks for static decantation. The clear must is then divided into two lots: one is left to ferment in stainless steel tanks at a low temperature (18-20° C), while the other goes into barriques to ferment in underground cellars at a maximum temperature of 20° C. When the wine in wood has finished its fermentation, it is left on the lees until spring. Then the two lots are blended. A second fermentation takes place in the bottle in May, following which the wine matures on its yeasts in the cool, dark surroundings of the cellar, in keeping with the strictest rules governing the production of Classic Method Sparkling Wine.|
|Ageing||To 12 months|
|Color||In the glass its golden colour with green highlights is accompanied by a very fine and persistent perlage.|
|Aroma||Complex aromas conjure up white-fleshed fruit, such as peaches and pears, along with toasted nuts and fresh bread|
|Aroma||Bread Crust, Vegetal, Floral, Fruity, Spicy|
|Taste||The great structure of pinot noir combines nicely on the palate with the sweet mousse and crisp acidity. A long, lingering aftertaste features luscious, spicy sensations.|
|Serving temperature||4°- 6° C.|
|Blend description||100% Pinot nero|
|Matching||Sushi and Sashimi, Fish tartare, Cold fish starters, Pasta with fish, Rice with fish, Fish soup, White meat, Fish-fry, Fish|
|Ideal with||Seafood starters, Seafood Pasta Dishes, Meat White, Fish|
|Classification||Alta Langa DOC|