Country: Italy Region: Lugana, Lombardia
Varietal: 60% Groppello, 15% Marzemino, 15% Sangiovese, 10% Barbera
Vintage: 2018 Colour: White Style: Dry
Producer: Cá dei Frati
The Dal Cero family has transformed their Ca' dei Frati property,
situated on the southern shores of Lake Garda, into a model Italian
estate over the past two decades. Back in 1987, they had 12
hectares of vineyard but now, following the purchase of a large
chunk of prime vineyard in 2008, they have over 160 hectares. This
increase in quantity has been matched by an increase in quality
and today they remain the best producer in Lugana.
The secret to the success of the Ca' dei Frati wines is their
outstanding vineyards. Most producers in the zone overcrop and
train the vines high. At Ca' dei Frati, the vines are trained low,
newer vineyards have a higher density of planting, and yields are
well below the average for the zone. Fruit for this wine came from
two vineyards, 'I Frati' in Sirmione and 'La Tur' in Desenzano. The
soils are a mixture of chalky clay, sand and lime. The vines are
single and double Guyot trained. The yield is 9 tonnes per hectare.
There was a short period of skin contact at the start of the
vinification process to extract colour. The must was fermented in
temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks before remaining in
tank on fine lees for six months before bottling and then a further
two months in bottle before release.
Rosa dei Frati is light pink in colour with a touch of 'onion skin'
orange. Zesty and vibrant with aromas of summer pudding and
strawberries, it is perfectly balanced with a lovely refreshing finish.