Contessa Rosa Rosé – Alta Langa
GRAPE VARIETIES: Pinot Nero
GROWING LOCATION: Lequio Berria
VINEYARD POSITION AND ALTITUDE: vineyard altitude 600m asl, facing south-east.
SOIL: mainly white clay, interspersed with layers of sand and marly stone.
WINE TRAINING SYSTEM: guyot.
PLANTING DENSITY: 4.500 plants/ha
GRAPE HARVEST: first ten-days of October
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 12% vol
SERVING TEMPERATURE: 6-8° C
BOTTLE SIZE AWAILABLE (lt): 0,75
TECHNICAL PROFILE: Vinification: the grapes are picked into boxes holding around 20 kilos each, and are destemmed, crushed and sent to heatconditioned tanks, where they macerate on the skins for around 24 hours at 10° C until the must takes on a pale ruby red colour. The must and skins are then pressed softly and delicately before being transferred into heat-conditioned tanks for static settling. When it is clear, the must undergoes fermentation in stainless steel tanks at a low temperature (18-20° C), and it is then kept on the lees until the following spring. The secondary fermentation in the bottle takes place in May, and is followed by a process of maturation on the yeasts in the cool, dark, protected surroundings of the winery’s cellars, in keeping with the strictest canons of Classic Method Sparkling Wine.
TASTING NOTES: The position and altitude of the vineyard it is grown on high on the hills allow for slow, late ripening of the grapes (they are harvested during the first ten days of October) and great natural balance in terms of acidity and aromatic qualities, though without excessive ripening of the tannins, which are not released into the must during the maturation. Dégorgement takes place following a period of at least 24 months of ageing on the lees. Salmon pink in the glass with coppery hues, the wine has a very fine, lingering perlage. Highly intense and complex on the nose, its bouquet conjures up mainly wild red berries and bread crust. The structure of the pinot noir provides fullness and power in the mouth, while the acidity – well-balanced by the freshness of the bubbles – leaves a long, lingering aftertaste.
PAIRINGS: Excellent as an aperitif, with its unquestionable personality it is above-all a great wine to accompany all courses with class.