Bianco Bio Frizzante, Casa Belfi

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Bianco Bio Frizzante, NV, Casa Belfi

Zippy and fresh bubbles to be gulped in the sun or taken a little more seriously

Region: Veneto, Italy
Grape(s): Glera (Prosecco)
Genre: Certified organic and biodynamic
Low Sulphur: Yes
Tasting Notes: Pear, Apple, Peach and a touch of yeast

Casa Belfi was set up by winemaker Maurizio Donadi and his wife Fabiola in 1999 after meeting Albino Armani, a well-established low intervention winemaker based in north-eastern Italy. Their 10-hectare estate is in San Polo di Piave, just north of Venice in the Prosecco heartland. They are making anything but the usual prosecco that gets slung willy-nilly around bottomless brunches! Organic and biodynamic certified, they are making sparkling wines using the Col Fondo method – literally meaning “with the bottom” – where the wine is refermented in the bottle and the sediment (lees) is left in. This is what prosecco was like before the modernisation and industrialisation that came with the invention of the Charmat Method in 1895 - proper old school.

This wine is made with the Glera (or ‘prosecco’) grape. The grapes are harvested by hand and fermented in stainless steel tanks with the indigenous yeasts. It spends 6 months in tank with the lees before bottling – if the temperature of the tank needs to be cooled a little to slow the fermentation, it is done by ‘basting’ the tank with cool water from their well. Bottled without any filtration or added SO2, it is a funky and tart prosecco with lots of orchard fruits and light autolytic notes.