TECHNICAL SHEET

Ricciante
name:
Ricciante [ri’tʃante]
denomination:
quality sparkling rosé wine extra - dry
year:
2014
variety:
Freisa (F) 85%, Barbera (B) 15%
VINEYARD
 
location:
Arignano (F1), S. Sebastiano (B), Castagnole Lanze (F2)
county:
various villages (Chieri & Langhe zone)
planted:
1978 (F1)
yield:
50 hl/ha
harvest:
19/09/2014 (F1), 27/09/2014 (B), 29/09/2014 (F2)
VINIFICATION:
The Freisa (F1) was crushed and pressed straight away. A new method of cryofermentation was applied (to varied from +4 to +12 C) which kept the yeast working for 23 days. One plot of our big Barbera vineyard was specially grown for sparkling wine and underwent the standard procedures (direct press, low to fermentation). The second batch of Freisa (F2) was pressed and added to the Barbera lot. They fermented together for 19 days. The blend was made once the fermentations ended and the base wine was kept on thin lees for 6 months. The second fermentation took place in May (Charmat method).
mlf:
none
AGEING:
"sur lies" for 6 months in a stainless steel tank (autoclave);
bottling:
30/11/2014 (Lot L1215330F3)
production:
1100 cases | 6700 bottles
ANALYSES
 
alc.% vol.
12,39%
pressure:
5,3 atm
total acidity:
7,0 g/L
volat. acidity:
0,32 g/L
resid. sugars:
12,1 g/L
total SO2:
84 mg/L
dry extract:
21,3 g/L

The vineyard: One part of the Freisa (60% of the blend) comes from an old vineyard situated in the typical zone for this variety in mid Piedmont - Chieri. The second part (25%) comes from another Freisa county - the border between Langhe and Asti. The Barbera comes from our own vineyards in the Langhe area, it grows on deep soil and on a slope with slighlty Northern inclination that producer fresher berries with more fruit flavours.

The variety: The Freisa is an ancient grape variety with unclear origin that is now mostly found in the Monferrato and Chieri zones in Piedmont, in the Langhe area it's nearly extinct. The traditional wine from Freisa is red, light and with some residual CO2 to make it "vivace", very few producers do a rosé sparkling wine from it.

The wine: Delicate on the nose with red fruits, peaches and apple notes, some bread crust hints that recall more a classic brut than a Charmat one. The vague tannins tighten the structure and underline the dark mineral finsh.

The name: The hedgehog (“riccio” [rEE-choh]) is our symbol. Riccio + spumante = Ricciante.

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