Technical Notes: Harvest on 28th October: a sunny day with 4° in the morning and 15° in the afternoon. The grapes were separated into two batches: area of low growth vigour with grapes of excellent ripeness and the more vigorous area where the grapes had developed botrytis noble. The two batches were pressed separately and the must was put into the vat for the natural fermentation.
Refinement: On the following 5th February the transfer was effectuated to separate the large sediments of the wine, that had arrested the fermentation. The refinement continued in the stainless steel vats for further six months, then it was transferred into barrels of second passage. In late October 2011 we assembled the two batches, and to preserve its floral and tropical fruit flavours the wine was transferred into steel after a short refinement in wood. Throughout the period of refinement we tried to highlight the organoleptic notes derived from the noble botrytis developed particularly well during the year. In October 2013 the wine was filtered to avoid a further fermentation in the bottle, given its natural residual sugar, then it was bottled by hand on 31st October.
Tasting Notes: golden yellow colour, splendid visual appearance. Its odour is elegant and feminine, it develops floral aromas such as jasmine, gardenia and white rose, as well as fruity aromas such as pear, lychee and pineapple that evolve after a few hours in sweet spices and acacia honey. In the mouth it has texture, freshness and great character. This wine is harmonious with a long, elegant aftertaste. You can perceive the hint of complexity released by the noble botrytis and the embracing intensity of the autumn harvest. Sensations of balance and purity.
Tasting advice: If tasted young, we recommend to decant the wine ten hours prior to the tasting. The bottle can be left open and half-consumed: it has a great olfactory patrimony that evolves even in the days following the tasting, so it deserves a thoughtful and patient attention.
This is neither a sweet wine nor a ‘normal’ white wine: the white wine produced from overripe grapes at Pettenasco is a new tasting experience, and can be tasted either alone or with meals. It will reach its apogee after 2020.