Franciacorta Rosé Brut Vintage

Franciacorta

Bellavista

This estate makes Italy's finest sparkling wines from its 200 hectares of vineyard...

situated in the western part of the Franciacorta zone in a natural amphitheatre. The glacial soil is full of stones, and provides the ideal environment for the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes used in the production of their Franciacorta. Bellavista meaning 'beautiful view' in Italian was founded by Vittorio Moretti in the early 1970s, with the first vintage produced in 1979. In 1981, he met a young winemaker, Mattia Vezzola and this partnership transformed Bellavista into Italy's leading producer of quality sparkling wine.

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Vineyards

Bellavista has chosen 190 hectares of vines in 10 communes within the Franciacorta DOCG. The vineyards have some of the best exposure, character and expressive potential in the area. This has given rise to 107 small crus that express the intrinsic personality of the land and the subtle nuances of its character and personality.

Vintage Information

The spring was cool with decent rainfall, the pattern remaining the same until June. From then onwards, drought conditions kicked in lasting until mid September. Bud break took place as usual in most vineyards. The weather during harvest, which began as usual in early September and lasted through to the end of October, was mild. Rain towards the end of harvest meant that a more careful selection of grapes was required. The 2013 wines are well-balanced with notable structure and richness, with higher levels of tartaric acid and a lower pH than usual.

Vinification

The Franciacorta Rosé Brut is a special cuvée of limited production, a blend of at least 30 of the best parcels from the Bellavista vineyards, some of which are fermented and matured in small oak barrels. The wine is made partially from red grapes in submerged cap maceration, where the must is in contact with the Pinot Noir skins until fermentation, giving the wine a delicate colour.

Tasting Notes

Delicate pink with persistent bubbles. The nose opens with intense white peach that mellows into wild strawberries, golden apple, rosehip and a hint of toast. On the palate, the wine is dry with well balanced, fresh acidity. An elegant background of blackcurrant and sweet almond flavours linger on the finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 62% Chardonnay
38% Pinot Noir
Region Franciacorta, Lombardia
Winemaker Mattia Vezzola
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%