Valdobbiadene D.O.C.G. Spumante Superiore di Cartizze
Cartizze, derived from the dialect term gardiz, or the reed mat on which the grape clusters are placed to dry, is the sub-denomination for a small zone, in the commune of Valdobbiadene, in the steepest hills of Santo Stefano and Saccol. This bowl-shaped hilly terrain is composed of sandstone and clay marl that ensures that the glera grapes almost achieve over-ripeness, and thus develop an inimitable concentration of aromas. The resulting sparkling wine, though it retains all the crispness of a Prosecco Superiore, takes on a slight sweetness and exhibits a dense complex of fragrances.
Valdobbiadene DOCG Spumante Superiore di Cartizze is a sub-denomination covering a very small area of vineyards located in Valdobbiadene among the steepest hills of Santo Stefano and Saccol; a tiny amphitheatre consisting of marl, sandstone and clay soils that allows Glera grapes achieving full maturation and which, moreover, guarantee an unusual concentration of aromas.
In this case the sparkling wine, whilst maintaining the freshness of Prosecco, becomes sweeter, encapsulating a special abundance of perfumes reminding the flavour of soft fruits like apricots and peaches, which then blend into a hint of orange flowers and roses.
This gentler flavour extends the persistence of the aroma making Cartizze the ideal choice to accompany a special dessert.
It has a pale straw yellow colour, a thin and persistent perlage, an intense aroma and a sweet and fruity flavour.
To be served at a temperature of 8/10 °C.
The grapes are harvested from mid-September until mid-October, slightly late.
Vinification: soft pressing of the grapes, fermentation of the must in the absence of skins, at a controlled temperature.
After removing the accumulated foam the second fermentation with Charmat method takes place in closed steel vats at a controlled temperature, in approximately 30 days.
Alcohol 11% vol.
Residual sugars 23 g/l
Bottle pressure 4.5 atm.
Bottles 0.75 lt.