This is a fantastic quality Italian sparkling wine made from 100% Chardonnay, fermented in bottle and aged for 36 months on its lees. It is superbly presented in a unique square base bottled, wrapped in cellophane and gift boxed. The flavour is fresh and elegant with white flowers and citrus notes. Complex on the palate with brioche and more citrus characters with lovley weight and texture. The mousse is fine and persistent.
If compared to more famous sparkling wines from say France, this would cost twice as much.
One of the emerging estates in Italy's booming sparkling wine sector. Roberto Gatti spent 20 years as cellarmaster and viticulturalist at Bellavista, one of the early pioneers of the Franciacorta region, before creating Ferghettina in 1990. A new winery and cellars, started in 2002, were completed in 2005 and sit in a magnificent location overlooking the beautiful Lake Iseo. Roberto is assisted by his daughter Laura, also an oenologist, shortly to be joined by his son Matteo. The Gatti's control production of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, using only half of the grapes available for their production of 300,000 bottles. Meticulous attention to detail, skillful blending and long bottle maturation give wines of great finesse and individuality. The 'Italy's answer to Champagne' tag is unavoidable but these wines are much more than that.