Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Giro: Celebrating on the Podium with Astoria 9.5 Cold Wine PINK

"Fight for Pink'' is the slogan of the Giro d'Italia and once a stage is over the winner will celebrate on the podium with a bottle of Astoria 9.5 Cold Wine PINK. Here is what you want to know for the next Giro trivia contest:

Where it's made:
Tenuta Val de Brun (Val De Brun Estate) in Refrontolo, in the heart of the DOCG zone Conegliano– Valdobbiadene. On forty acres the vineyards have a north-south and west-east orientation, approximately 4,000/4,500 vines per hectare and an average age of roughly 8/12 years. Average yield of 2.5/3 kg per vine, equal to 100/120 quintals per hectare. Grapes: aromatic varieties typical of the upper Treviso area.

How it's made:
The grapes are harvested a few days before they fully mature, in order to keep their sugar content lower, their acidity higher and their aroma fruitier. A traditional wine-making process is followed, with soft pressing and partial cold maceration. Fermentation occurs at approximately 10/12°C with selected yeasts, in order to achieve highly aromatic and intense aromas. In full fermentation, the must is moved directly to a pressure tank for the second fermentation and the addition of a small amount of wine made using red grapes and short maceration periods, which gives the sparkling wine its much sought-after colour and timbre. To boost the strength and development of the highly particular aroma that characterises this sparkling wine, a single fermentation process is carried out, lasting for 35/40 days, at a low temperature. In addition, the winemaker encourages the formation of substances that give structure and depth to the wine, thereby offsetting the low alcohol content and maintaining a perfect balance of taste. Once the second fermentation is complete, the sparkling wine is refined on fine dregs for 30/40 days, to complete and enrich its organoleptic properties. Before bottling, a small percentage of the must of fine aromatic grapes is added to complete and balance the wine's taste and bouquet.

More about Astoria here

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