Ferghettina Franciacorta Extra Brut

Ferghettina Franciacorta Extra Brut

Exceptionally fine Franciacorta from our friends at Ferghettina – showing lovely development from time in bottle


Country, Region
Italy, Lombardia
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Food friend

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Tasting Notes

Immediately impressive! The wine has a beautiful pale-mid golden colour and fine, elegant bubbles. A nose of apples and toasty notes from prolonged yeast lees contact. The palate has more apple, with lemon, brioche and toast. A well balanced and refreshing finish. Big flavours, but also very fresh with great acidity and just perfect 'mousse'.

Producer details

Italian sparkling wine is not all about Prosecco, as leading Franciacorta producer Ferghettina has proved time and time again. Ferghettina is a family winery - established in 1991 by Roberto Gatti, and run with his wife Andreina, and their children Laura and Matteo. Starting with just 3-4ha of vineyard and a small production of Franciacorta Brut, Ferghettina has now grown to become one of the finest Franciacorta wineries. Situated in the southern half of Lombardy on the edge of the town of Adro, just south of Lake Iseo, the majority of plantings are Chardonnay (approx. 70%) along with Pinot Noir (and just 4ha of Pinot Blanc for their still wines). They now have 200ha of vineyard across 11 different villages, mostly at 250-300m altitude. Each vineyard confers a unique character on the resulting base wine, giving Roberto a broad spectrum of styles to blend for each cuvée. It is this skilful blending, meticulous attention to detail and long bottle maturation that give Ferghettina's wines great finesse and individuality.

In the vineyard

The Gatti family select grapes from their twelve oldest vineyards, across six different areas within Franciacorta, for their Extra Brut.

In the winery

After hand-harvesting the whole bunches are pressed gently, and the free-run juice is fermented in steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 16-18°C. It remains in tank until the following spring, then spends six years on the lees, in bottle.

Food Recommendations

A perfect aperitif with nibbles or equally well matched to fish dishes such as the local speciality tench, caught in Lake Iseo, and cooked in cinammon, nutmeg and cloves and served with polenta.

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