Character. Among the Franciacortas from Ca' del Bosco this is the one that best expresses the character of the territory and the particularities that each year brings. Weather always writes unpredictable stories and their finales are the products of love between man and earth. Since 1978 the Vintage Collection Brut has been made solely in the finest years. The result of careful vinification but above all of lengthy refinement that enhances its characteristics: four years of aging on yeasts. A unique Franciacorta, structured, full-bodied, intense and persistent. A wine for big occasions, and especially fine with haute cuisine seafood.
Chardonnay 55%, Pinot Bianco 15%, Pinot Nero 30%.
VINEYARDS OF PROVENANCE
18 Chardonnay vineyards planted an average of 33 years ago located in the municipalities of Erbusco, Adro, Cazzago San Martino, Corte Franca and Passirano.
2 Pinot Bianco vineyards planted an average of 28 years ago located in the municipality of Passirano.
6 Pinot Nero vineyards planted an average of 27 years ago located in the municipalities of Erbusco and Passirano.
Third ten days of August 2016
AVERAGE YIELD PER HECTARE
8,000 kilograms of grapes, equivalent to 3,440 litres of wine obtained only by free run juice (must-to-fruit ratio 43%).
Franciacorta Vintage Collection is obtained from meticulously selected grapes skilfully vinified in full compliance with the Metodo Ca’ del Bosco. As soon as the grapes are picked, using small cases, they are graded and chilled. Each bunch is selected by experienced eyes before visiting our “berry spa”, an
exclusive bunch washing and jet spray system that incorporates three soaking vats and a drying tunnel. After crushing in the absence of oxygen, all the musts for base wines ferment in small oak casks. Barrel maturation lasts for just five months to coax out maximum aromatic complexity and expressive power without jeopardising elegance. A pair of flying tanks enables the wines to be gravity-racked from the small oak casks into maturation tanks. Seven months after the harvest, it is time to create the cuvée. Vintage Collection Brut 2016 is a masterly blend of 26 Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco and Pinot Nero base wines that imbue the final product with its uniquely rich, complex sensory profile. The higher proportion of Pinot Nero brings structure and nobility of character, which are further enhanced by leisurely ageing in bottle.
Disgorgement takes place in the absence of oxygen using a unique system designed and patented by Ca’ del Bosco. The procedure avoids oxidative stress or the need for additional sulphites, making Ca’ del Bosco Franciacortas purer, more appealing and longer lived. Finally, every bottle is given an individual marking to ensure its traceability.
MATURATION SUR LIES
For an average of 48 months.
DOSAGE AT DISGORGEMENT
Equivalent to 0.5 grams of sugar per litre - “Brut”.
ANALYTICAL DATA AT DISGORGEMENT
Alcohol: 12.8% Vol.; pH 3.10; Total Acidity 6.00 grams/litre; Volatile Acidity 0.30 grams/litre.
Total Sulphur Dioxide less than 55 milligrams/litre
(maximum legal limit: 185 milligrams/litre).