Viticulture: Organic (certified)
Vineyards: All of the grapes for this wine come from Paolo’s small estate in Piemonte. Sauvignon Blanc makes up 1 of his 4 hectares of vines. Up
until the 2016 vintage all of his Sauvignon Blanc went into his ‘Quattrocento’ white, however since then he has done various experiments including a passito (called ‘Safran’) as well as this natural sparkling wine. The grapes for the base wine were harvested early in
August whilst the must used to re-ferment in bottle comes from sweet late harvest grapes (the rest of which went into his Passito).
Vinification: The grapes were destemmed and pressed then fermented on their natural yeasts in steel tank for 2 weeks. Racked to get rid of gross lees then stayed on fine lees for 5 months. In late 2018, the wine
was re-fermented in botte by using must from late harvestgrapes (same vineyard, same vintage) that he had kept chilled in a fridge. No yeast or sugar addition. Unfined, unfiltered, no added sulphites.
Total production = 1000 bottles
Winemaker: Paolo Malfatti
Region: Monferrato, Piemonte, Italy (DOC)
Grapes: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Sulphur: No added sulphites
Total Area Farmed: 4 hectares of vines, 3 hectares of hazelnuts
Soils: Red clay ‘terra rossa’, alluvial/marl, some stones in topsoil of Sauvignon Blanc parcel
Age of vines: 15 years
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