VITICULTURE & WINEMAKING
This delicate dry sparkling wine is a fitting addition to the Italian inspired Freeman portfolio. A hectare of the home Altura vineyard was planted in 2011 to two clones of the traditional Italian variety Prosecco, with the intention of producing an authentic expression of the grape most commonly associated with the Veneto region of northern Italy. These relatively young vines have adapted remarkably well to their cool climate hilltop site, as this excellent 2016 harvest attests. The ripe grapes were handpicked in early February and gently pressed prior to the initial fermentation in stainless steel vats. Subsequently, half was barrel fermented and lees stirred to contribute complexity and a creamy texture to the wine prior to its secondary tank fermentation – known in Italy as the ‘Metodo Martinotti’ – or more commonly as the Charmat process. Minimal dosage prior to bottling under pressure and cork has created a dry, lightly effervescent and vivacious style that mirrors its European origins.
A pale colour with grapefruit hues FREEMAN Prosecco 2016 displays a persistent fine dry, creamy effervescence and classic citrus and pear aromas. Soft and yet sprightly on the palate with flavours of crunchy pear complemented by a smidge of creamy yeast complexity and delicate acidity, it refreshes to the very last sip….