Antico 2018, Cantina Furlani (Trentino, Italy)

Antico 2018, Cantina Furlani (Trentino, Italy)

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Grapes: Nosiola
Region: Umbria, Italy
Style: Sparkling, Orange
ABV: 11.5%
Any added sulphites: No
Filtered: No
Method: Organic, biodynamic
Size: 75cl

Born on the alpine slopes of the Vigolana mountain in northern Italy, this milky pale sparkling nosiola from Cantina Furlani is not your average bottle of ‘fizz’. Beneath its dried-fruit-and-spice nose lies an impeccably fresh, herbaceous and gentle soul, unfined and unfiltered and with no added sulphur to let nature’s artistry speak for itself.

Fresh and with a real taste of the mountains, this Antico has an almost creamy, aged-champagne finish. It is surely the hardest challenge as a winemaker to allow each grape variety you look after to express its unique characteristics but at Furlani, year on year, they manage to do just that. If you’ve never tried a sparkling nosiola before, you’re in for something very special.

Towering over the alpine city of Trento, at some 700+ meters of altitude, are the tiny parcels of vines tended by Matteo Furlani.  After studying agronomy, not winemaking (he learned that from his father and grandfather) Matteo set his sights on working his land in the most natural of ways, incorporating biodynamic preparations and methodologies in the vineyards today. Soils are surface clay over schist and broken granite, known as sasso dolomitico, planted in several small parcels surrounding the village of Povo, directly above Trento. Wines are fermented either in cement tanks or small glass demijohns with no temperature control, no yeast, no sulfur.  To clarify the wines they are often racked into demijohns during the winter and placed outside in the snow allowing the wine to naturally settle.  The "Metodo Interrotto" or Interrupted Method cuvees essentially refer to an unfinished method Champagnoise, bottle re-fermentation.