2016 was certainly one of the longest-lasting vegetative cycle in recent years. February and March were marked by low temperatures and a plenty of rain that led to a delay in the phenological phases of about 10 days made up for during the months of August and moreover in September. Full ripening was achieved in all cases and wines show excellent balance, big bouquets and great structure. The good quantity allows 2016 to be remembered as an outstanding vintage.
Vintage: Millesimato 2016
Winemaker: Paolo Giacosa
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
On lees: 36 months (1rst disgorgement)
Disgorgement: 4 disgorgements per vintage
Growing Area: Sessame, Mango, Trezzo Tinella
Alcohol: 12,50 % by volume
Food: It is the aperitif sparkling wine by excellence. Also enjoyable all through the meal.
No oak Oak
Sugar 3 g/L Extra Brut
Colour: Straw-yellow with golden hues. Delightful sparkling with fine and persistent “perlage”.
Nose: Wide, complex, attractive, delicate, linden flowers, citrus fruit, honey and mineral hints.
Palate: Multifaceted, wide, straight, dry, fresh of citrus, both elegant and intense with rich crispy texture and a long mineral aftertaste. Special affinity nose-palate.
Serving: 4 - 6 °C
Cellaring: 4 - 6 years
Exposure: W, NW
Vines age: 10 - 25 years
Soil: Clay - limestone
Altitude: 400 - 450 m a.s.l.
Harvests: 100% hand-harvested
Training system: Guyot
Farming practices: Sustainable viticulture
FERMENTATION PROCESS: Grape bunches are hand-sorted on a vibrant table and pressed in a nitrogen inert environment with yield in free-run must of 45%. This process is “100% screw conveyor free” to handle grapes as gently as possible.
The must is fermented in stainless steel vats at controlled temperature and kept 6 months on lees with bâtonnage.
SPARKLING METHOD: The foam formation is carried out according to the traditional method of fermentation in the bottle, with aging on lees for at least 36 months. The liqueur d’expedition added after disgorgement is made following our secret recipe including reserve wines and sugar (3 g/L). We proudly avoid any spirits in our dosage.
Enrico Serafino’s Alta Langa are Pinot Noir driven and this one is the first 100% Chardonnay. We choose the name PROPAGO, the Latin word for bud of plants, to mark the difference.
PROPAGO is an unexpected Chardonnay adding to the typical width a crispy texture that comes from an unusual vineyard altitude.