"40% Garganega, 35% Cortese ed Incrocio Manzoni, 15% Trebbianello, 10% Trebbiano Toscana. From a 40-year-old, 7-ha vineyard in the hills of Custoza and south east of Lake Garda. 100-150 m above sea level. Limestone, clay, gravelly and sandy soils. Part of the vineyard is planted with old vines of indigenous varieties, Veronese-pergola trained, very low yields of 2 kg per vine. Cryomaceration (for the Garganega) and soft pressing. Fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel with lees contact until May. Released after six months in bottle.
A little bit of petillance. Quite a creamy nose with a hint of custard apple and pear puree. Ripe fruit – melon, golden apples, a hint of the richness and spice that is tucked away under the simplicity of youth for the moment. Clean, strong structure without the acidity dominating.
Re-tasted in March 2020:
This is an extraordinary wine. Deep gold. Smelling of saffron. Wax, linden blossom, honey, and the body-mind-undoingness of deep saffron flavours juddering through the wine. Complex and still, at five years old, laden with life. Stunning. I moved the score from 16.5++ to 18 and the drink dates from 2018–22 to 2019–25. (TC)"
Vinous Reverie Notes
93 points Gambero Rosso
"The luminous and brilliant dress anticipates an aromatic expression played on the freshest notes, with flowers that embrace citrus and yellow pulp fruit notes. The hot harvest was carefully managed and the sip lengthens revealing power but also length and an unstoppable progression. If you want to find a fault ... the wine is simply too young, we will have to wait for it for a few more years."
The hill is in the heart of Custoza, it is gravelly and rocky, facing southeast and ready to receive many hours of sunshine. The vineyard is composed of old vines, accustomed to challenge the elements of nature and to go deep in the soil to find their nourishment. This is a fascinating, unique place, ideal to witness how Custoza wine has inside all those features, necessary to have a great wine, such as minerality connected to a unique soil; longevity which stems from the resilience capacity of old vines with a low yield, but featuring character and style; experimentation, that is the will to undermine the dominating thought asking for a simple Custoza, to drink young and without complexity. The result? The most amazing Custoza, the most awarded in the world, the most celebrated. A great white wine with infinite ageing potentials.