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Alta Langa "For England" Rosé DOCG 2016

Contratto
Vintage: 2016
Location: Piemont, Canelli (AT)
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£ 45.00 £ 39.00 -13%
Format 0.75 l. (£ 52.00/lt.)
cod. 01978

Delicate colour, pleasantly complex flavour

What: From a pure processing of Pinot Noir grapes
Why: For its fine, enveloping perlage
Perfect with: Spaghetti with clams or mixed fried fish

Marketed by: Giordano Vini S.p.A. via G. Cane 47bis-50 12055 Diano d'Alba (CN) - Italy.

Alta Langa "For England" Rosé DOCG 2016

Contratto
Vintage: 2016
Location: Piemont, Canelli (AT)
£ 45.00 £ 39.00 -13%
Format 0.75 l. (£ 52.00/lt.)
cod. 01978

Delicate colour, pleasantly complex flavour

What: From a pure processing of Pinot Noir grapes
Why: For its fine, enveloping perlage
Perfect with: Spaghetti with clams or mixed fried fish

Marketed by: Giordano Vini S.p.A. via G. Cane 47bis-50 12055 Diano d'Alba (CN) - Italy.

Alta Langa "For England" Rosé DOCG 2016 - Contratto

Contratto's For England is a sparkling wine with a long history. It was produced for the first time in 1920 with the precise task of delighting the palate of English consumers, who were used to drier wines than those produced in Italy at the time. This Rosé, in particular, comes from a pure processing of Pinot Noir grapes from the company's vineyards in Bossolasco. After destemming, the grapes pass through the press without being crushed and, from the simple draining of the berries, the first-pressing must is obtained. This remains in contact with the skins for about an hour and a half, enriching its colour and complexity. This is followed by a first fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks and a second in the bottle. Overall, the wine remains in contact with its yeasts for at least 42 months. After disgorging, the bottles are refilled with wine only, with no added sugar. The result is a beautiful sparkling wine with a pink onion skin colour and a fine, enveloping perlage. On the nose, floral and nectarine notes stand out. In the mouth it is above all fresh and well persistent, with hints of lime and apple. Intense and generous, it goes well with spaghetti with clams or a delicious mixed fried fish.

Giuseppe Contratto founded his winery in 1867, vinifying Moscato grapes from the Monferrato area and producing one of the first Italian sparkling wines re-fermented in the bottle. Also in those years, the Contratto family began the construction of the historic winery, which was completed at the beginning of the twentieth century. From one result to the next, and from one market to the next, the Contratto winery has now passed the 120-year mark. In the meantime, the Contratto family was succeeded by the Bocchino family, already owners of the distillery of the same name, who invested in the relaunch of the company and began an important collaboration with Giorgio Rivetti, who had always been a great lover of Champagne. In 2011, the Rivetti family acquired the winery, giving new impetus to the production of quality sparkling wines and officially joining the Consorzio Alta Langa, becoming a point of reference for the entire denomination. In 2014, the historic Wine Cathedral of Contratto was officially declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This evocative place, rich in history, is still the scene of the long bottle-ageing of classic method sparkling wines.

Technical Data Sheet

CHARACTERISTICS
  • TypeAlta Langa DOCG
  • Location Piemont
  • Grapes 100% Pinot Nero
  • Sensations COLOUR: onion skin pink. BOUQUET: floral and nectarine notes intersect with hints of armellina. FLAVOUR: fresh and persistent, it shows hints of lime and annurca apple. Intense and generous, but endowed with great elegance, it presents a very fine and enveloping perlage.
  • Vinification After destemming, the grapes pass through the press without being crushed. From the draining of the berries, we obtain the must flower, the most precious part of the juice. The must remains in contact with the skins for about an hour and a half, enriching itself with colour and complexity. The first fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled steel tanks. This is followed by approximately 9 months of ageing, again in steel, and finally bottling. The second fermentation in the bottle is followed by at least 42 months of refinement on the lees. The remuage is done manually
  • Alcoholic strength 12,5% vol
  • Allergens Contains sulphites
TASTING RECOMMENDATIONS
  • Tips Store in a cool place, away from light, bottle lying down. Refrigerate no more than 24 hours beforehand. Open and serve as soon as possible
  • Serving temperature 10 grades
  • GlassFlute / Franciacorta
  • When to drink it in 10 years
  • Pairing Fish menu
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