Italian Sparkling Wine
La Montina Franciacorta
La Montina was founded as recently as 1987 by the three brothers of the Bozza family. Franciacorta, is the Italian equivalent of Champagne, made using a similar method known as “Metodo Classico” in Italian. Franciacorta wines are made under some of the strictest rules in the world to guarantee the quality of the wine.
Franciacorta, la Montina Brut NV (12.0 % abv)
Made from 95% Chardonnay and 5% Pinot Noir, the wine is left on its lees for a minimum of 2 years. The generous mousse, the acidity, the lovely aromas of fresh fruit and floral notes makes this wine a superb aperitif and an excellent accompaniment to the first course and fish dishes. La Montina describe it as “a wine for all occasions” – we agree—good stuff and great value.
Azienda Agricola Malibrán
Situated at the foot of the Alps in the province of Treviso, the Favrel family have produced first class wines here for three generations. The vineyards are mainly worked by hand but the wine is produced in a brand new winery. The “Sottoriva” Prosecco, sur lie, NV is extraordinary. Unlike other most other proseccos it is fermented in the bottle not under pressure in large tanks. This produces a light, fresh and dry (zero sugar) wine, which is naturally cloudy. Great with richer dishes like the Scallops St Jacques.
Prosecco Sottoriva Valdobbiadene IGT NV (11% abv) (Cloudy & Dry!)
Nani Rizzi, is a family-run Azienda Agricola in Valdobbiadene and has been cultivating and producing high quality Prosecco since 1887. The wine is produced from 85% Glera, 10% Bianchetta and 5% Perera grapes grown in the hills of Guia (Valdobbiadene) and they are harvested strictly by hand, winemaking is carried out observing traditional techniques while making use of modern technology. Denis Spagnol now runs the family firm started by his Grandfather Giovanni, who was known as “Nani Rizzi”.
Nana Rizzi Prosecco Superiore Millesimato Dry 2014, Veneto (11.5% abv)
With a history stretching back to 1542, Bisol know a thing or two about Prosecco. The company is currently run by Antonio Bisol and the family owns 177 hectares of vineyards spread out over 35 plots –some are less than a hectare in size. The Cuvée Rosé harks back to the good old days of ‘Bel Star’ a term meaning “a good place to stay in the local dialect”, typical of the 1950′s.
Belstar Cuvée Rosé NV, Veneto (11.0% abv)
Made from Merlot, Pinot Nero and Sauvignon this is great value pink fizz, delicious fruity and not too sweet. The perfect accompaniment for a summer lunch on the terrace.
Belstar Prosecco DOC, Veneto (11.0% abv)
Soft, fruity and refreshing sparkling wine – good value fizz like their Rosé Glass