Most Proseccos consumed in the UK including our lovely Guerrieri Rizzardi Prosecco
are Extra Dry which means the level of residual sugar (15ml/l) is slightly higher than in most Brut Champagnes - so are slightly sweet. But there is a move in this country towards dry Prosecco which is more in keeping with most Prosecco consumed in Italy.
No residual sugar is added to this wine so there only remain the natural sugars which have not converted to alcohol; it is classified as Brut. The De Stefani family which has been making wine for 4 generations also has an innovative method of vinification whereby temperatures are kept at zero degrees as much as possible after the grapes are picked and when the grape juice or must is being fermented in order to preserve the lovely raspberry and strawberry aromas.
Organic and biodynamic principles are followed though they do not have official certification. No sulphites are added and only naturally-occuring yeasts are used.
The wine is produced in the Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene" DOC area but b
ecause the grapes used are not official Prosecco grapes. this wine cannot be called Prosecco. Think of it as a fruity, light, dry Prosecco
This wine has a lovely colour - the Raboso grape helps to brighten the colour and is also used to give the wine natural acidity so that it is refreshing. The Marzemino grape is largely responsible for the intense aromas and taste of cherries, other red fruits and the floral scents.
I confess that I am not a huge fan of Prosecco but loved this wine when I tasted and sniffed it. The palate is very fruity. This is a beautiful drink on its own perhaps as an aperitif, for parties and with light food but it will also complement a wide range of foods.
Drink on its own as an aperitif or at parties with canapés; also good with fish and shellfish including lobster and oysters, chicken, turkey, Asian food, truffles, parmesan cheese, parma ham, cheese-based sauces, fruit based desserts, panettone
"Fine and persistent perlage, bright rosé colour with violet hues, fruity aroma with intense notes of cherry, blackberry, unripe wild fruit; there are also scents of flowers, mainly of violet, smooth taste, medium body, great personality"