The Franciacorta wine region is midway between Milan to the west and Lake Garda to the east. The area has been producing high quality, bottle-fermented sparkling wines since the 1950s with local viticulture dating back millennia. Roberto Gatti founded the estate in 1990 after a long career at one of the region’s early pioneer producers, Bellavista, and is now aided by Laura and Matteo, his children. The wines of Franciacorta are produced using the same techniques as Champagne. However, given the region’s more Southerly location the wines produced come from riper grapes leading to lower additions of sugars and a fresher, cleaner style.
Ferghettina Franciacorta Rose 2017
Oh this is good. Get ready for a dose of Italian class. Teasing red currant, raspberry aromas, an underlying gently developed character and subtle background hazelnut and rosehip notes. A charming and pretty wine. ‘Italy’s answer to Champagne’ tag is unavoidable but these wines are much more than that.The square bottle has been invented and patented by the Gatti family, proprietors of Ferghettina; it increases the lees surface area by a factor of 2.5 which increases flavour development during maturation.
A delicately coloured ‘onion skin’ rose. The nose reveals hints of berries, fresh currants and toast, with more sweet berries and savoury flavours on the palate. A charming and pretty wine