Franciacorta Extra Brut DOCG

Roberto Gatti opened his first winery, Ferghettina, in 1991, after working as a cellar master and vineyard manager for twenty years in Franciacorta. At the beginning, the winery only had three hectares (7.4 acres) under vine but today, the family manages 180 hectares (445 acres) of vineyards. Roberto’s children – Laura and Matteo, both enologists – work side by side with him, bringing innovative ideas, such as a special square bottle shape, meant to give the wine greater contact with the lees in comparison to round bottles. This shape leads to greater finesse, flavor and aroma, not to mention originality and beauty. The new state-of-the-art, 64,600-square-foot winery is located in Adro and is totally dedicated to Ferghettina wines.

As it is a Riserva, the grapes for this sparkling wine come from the oldest and finest vineyards. Chardonnay and Pinot Nero grapes are carefully selected, vinified and blended after the winemakers taste each plot. It ages sixty-nine months on its lees and features intense aromas of almonds, vanilla and candied fruit.


Wine exported to

USA, Poland

Most recent awards

  • 2009 | Gambero Rosso3 Bicchieri
  • 2007 | Wine Enthusiast93
  • 2007 | Wine Advocate91
Grape Varieties:

80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir

Fermentation container:

Stainless steel

Length of alcoholic fermentation:

7-10 days

Type of yeast:

Selected

Fermentation temperature:

16-18 °C (60.8-64.4 °F)

Malolactic fermentation:

No

Fining agent:

Bentonite

Aging containers:

Stainless steel, for 9 months

Aging in bottle:

69 months on lees

Closure:

Natural Cork

Organic:

Vineyards

Vineyard name:

A blend of 5 different vineyards

Vineyard location:

Adro and Erbusco Franciacorta, Lombardy

Soil composition:

Calcareous clay

Vine training:

Guyot

Altitude:

250 meters (820 feet) above sea level

Vine density:

5,000 plants per hectare

Yield:

Max 1.5-2 kg per vine

Exposure:

Various

Age of vines:

25 years

Time of harvest:

Mid-August

First vintage of this wine:

1995

Total yearly production (in bottles):

8,000

Tasting notes:

Golden in color with tiny, persistent perlage, very intense aromas of almonds, vanilla and candied fruit. Beautiful balance of delicateness and length.

Serving temperature:

Best served at 6-8 °C (42.8-46.4 °F).

Food pairings:

Pairs brilliantly with salumi, meat and cheese.

Aging potential:

10-15 years

Alcohol:

Alcohol cont. 12.5% by vol.; dry extract: 24 g/l; total acidity: 7.1 g/l; residual sugar: 1.5 g/l

Winemaker:

Roberto, Laura and Matteo Gatti