Country and Region:
Grape Varieties :
Chardonnay | Pinot Nero
Primarily Pinot Nero (55%) with a smaller amount of Chardonnay (45%) grapes are harvested from vineyards in Cusumano’s Tenuta Ficuzza Estate – an area that encompasses 189 hectares, 700 to 800 metres above sea level. The vines are Northeast facing with an average age of 12 years old.
The grapes are hand harvested and placed in small trays, immediately transferred to the winery. The whole grapes are pressed on arrival at the winery and only the free run juice is taken to avoid undesired tannin flavours and to preserve the acidity.
There follows static decanting and the wine is fermented at low and controlled temperatures. After approximately 5 months on the fine lees, the wine is filtered and secondary fermentation takes place in the bottle at 13°C degrees for 24 months when the sparkling wine is finally ready for degorgement.
90 points - James Suckling