A Mano Spumante Rosato NV
1st March, 2013
Sherbet-y, with quite exotic peachy strawberry flesh. Tasty.
A salmon pink wine with astonishing complexity; raspberries, fresh cherries, orange blossom and toasted hazelnuts all come through. On the palate there is a minerality and lemony crispness that persists through the long finish.
Elvezia is a northern Italian wine marketing expert and Mark is a Californian winemaker. They fell in love with Puglia and, when they decided to start their own label, made it their home. By producing wines of quality, Mark and Elvezia have succeeded in making Primitivo one of Italy’s most talked about grape varieties. They pay high prices for the best grapes from 70-100 year old vines and focus solely on quality and a modern style. After over a decade of vintages, they are now getting access to some of Salento’s best grapes.
The grapes for this blend are grown in vineyards located across the Salento peninsula of Puglia. Mark and Elvezia were looking for vineyards that had good flavour at low sugar and high acidity. The Greco comes from the Castel del Monte area, the Negroamaro from Castellaneta and the Primitivo from Aquaviva.
On arrival at the winery, the grapes were crushed, pressed, settled and tank fermented at very low temperatures. The cold fermentation (6ºC) ensured that all the delicacy and perfume of the grapes was retained. Inspired by French-made sparkling wine in California, the wine underwent malolactic fermentation to improve the mouthfeel. The second fermentation, with the wine in the charmat tank resting on the lees, lasted for 4 months which gives very fine bubbles and complexity.
Product Images (click to enlarge)