13% | ITALY

Considered to be one of the best producers in Lugana owning a substantial area of vineyards, Cà dei Frati produces exceptional quality wines. Excellent depth, layers of flavour ranging from...
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Considered to be one of the best producers in Lugana owning a substantial area of vineyards, Cà dei Frati produces exceptional quality wines. Excellent depth, layers of flavour ranging from white peach to almond blossom and lemons.

Pale yellow in colour with a concentrated but fresh perfume of white flowers, peaches and ripe lemons. On the palate it has excellent depth and balance, with lovely richness and a crisp, lively finish.

The secret to the success of the Cà dei Frati wines is outstanding vineyards. Most producers in the zone overcrop and train the vines high. At Cà dei Frati, the vines are trained low, on single or double Guyot, newer vineyards have a higher density of planting, and yields are well below the average for the zone. This wine is made from grapes grown on 10 to 35 year old vines. In Lugana, the Turbiana grape is grown on the glacial soils just to the south of Lake Garda. The warmer days give wines with more weight and intensity than those from 60 kilometres to the east. The cool nights, thanks to the moderating influence of Lake Garda, ensures the grapes retain aroma and acidity.

The 2019 vintage was a challenging one due to the effects of climate change. Winter was dry with mild temperatures, never below 0°C. Spring was very rainy, and most of the rainfalls took place in May during the delicate phase of flowering. This reduced the final crop. June was extremely hot but, due to the spring rains, vines were never under water – stress. At the end of July some thunderstorms and even hailstorms took place but luckily, these didn’t affect the crop. August was very sunny and relatively dry, some light rainfalls enhanced the difference in temperature between day and night. September was warmer than usual but with cold nights that brought grapes to full ripening maintain good levels of acidity.

The must was fermented in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks to maximise its fresh fruit character. The wine then remained on lees in stainless-steel tanks for six months before spending two months ageing in bottle before release.

The Dal Cero family has transformed their Ca' dei Frati property, situated on the southern shores of Lake Garda, into a model Italian estate over the past two decades. Back in 1987, they had 12 hectares of vineyard but now, following the purchase of a large chunk of prime vineyard in 2008, they have over 160 hectares. This increase in quantity has been matched by an increase in quality and today they remain the best producer in Lugana.

Key Facts

Size
75cl
Grapes
Turbiana
Country
Italy
Region
Lombardia
Vintage
2019
ABV %
13%
Organic
Yes
Vegan
No

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