Ca’ del Bosco '44th Edizione' Extra Brut Franciacorta
Winemaker Notes: The base wines that go into Cuvée Prestige are the fruit of accurate cluster selection and expert vinification, carried out in line with the Ca’ del Bosco Method. The grapes are hand-picked and placed in small crates, graded and chilled. Every bunch is selected by trained eyes and hands, just before they go through our exclusive “berry spa”, a special whirlpool-like wash for grape bunches, consisting of three soaking tanks, followed by thorough drying in a special tunnel. After pressing in an oxygen-free press, all the musts of the base wines ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, where they remain until the following month of March. The wines take seven months to settle, mature and express the very best characteristics of their vineyards of origin. The wines are then carefully assembled in the “magical ritual” that creates the cuvée. Only after aging on the lees for at least 2 years will this Franciacorta express all its richness and identity. Disgorgement is carried out in an oxygen-free environment, using a proprietary process designed and patented by Ca’ del Bosco. This procedure prevents oxidative shocks and makes it unnecessary to add sulfites, making our Franciacortas purer, more appealing and longer lived. Finally, every bottle is marked with a unique identifier to ensure its traceability.
2019. The winter was marked by mild temperatures and scant rainfall. This caused spring to set in earlier than usual. However, from the second week of April on, everything changed dramatically, with rains continuing until mid-May and below-average temperatures. The weather conditions inhibited flowering and caused underdeveloped cluster wings and flower shedding, leading to smaller, looser bunches of below-average weight. After May 15, the weather improved significantly, which created more favorable conditions for fruit set. Above-average temperatures were the rule throughout the month of June, the driest in the past two decades. The dry climate persisted until mid-July, with the vines starting to show signs of water stress. Early in August, the long-awaited rains finally came, saving the crop. From August 20, with the start of the harvest operations, the temperatures returned to normal, and sunny weather accompanied the grape harvest until the end of August. The operations began on August 20 and ended on September 5, with excellent weather. Average yield: 4.8 tons per hectare, equivalent to 3,020 liters (grape to wine ratio: 63%). The small size of the clusters and the low grape yields resulted in a high quality vintage, fully expressed in our Prestige Edizione 44, graced by an intense citrus, white and yellow fruit bouquet, and a full-bodied and extremely lively mouthfeel.
Blend: 71% vintage wines 2019, 26% reserve wines 2018, 3% reserve wines 2017.
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