16 Mar Ferghettina Franciacorta Milledi – The best sparkling in town
The Franciacorta sparkling wine region in northern Italy, west of Lake Garda and just an hours’ drive from fair Verona, has less than 3,000 hectares of vines (tiny in comparison to the vineyard areas given over to Champagne and Prosecco) with the majority of production still sold within Italy.
The Ferghettina winery, overlooking the beautiful Lake Iseo, was established in 1991 by Roberto Gatti after purchasing a small winery and just 3 hectares of vines from a family friend. It has since grown into one of the region’s most prized Franciacorta producers – and the largest in the UK market. The Gatti family produce a stunning portfolio of wines from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
The Franciacorta region is around 1,000km south of Champagne – as a result, the grapes are well-ripened with slightly lower acidity, requiring less dosage. As for Champagne, these wines are produced in the traditional method, with secondary fermentation in bottle.
The Gatti family manage 120 hectares of vineyards in six localities within the DOC. Milledi is produced solely from Chardonnay. Secondary fermentation is in bottle and the wine spends 36 months on its lees. Fresh and elegant with white flower and citrus notes. The palate is complex with brioche and more citrus characters giving a lovely weight and texture. The mousse is fine and persistent. This will pair a number of grilled fish or poultry dishes – but also try with sushi.