NV Enrico Gatti Brut Franciacorta


Region:  Erbusco, Lombardy, Italy

Winemakers: Lorenzo Gatti & Enzo Balzarini

Viticulture: Organic

Established: 1975

From 100% Chardonnay that is grown in the foothills of the Franciacorta zone in vineyards owned by the family. The grapes are handpicked, gently pressed and vinified in stainless steelbefore being aged on lees in the bottle for at least 24 months. The NV best represents the Gatti style; fresh, elegant and complex. There are notes ofcitrus, almond and bread, the palate balanced and persistent.

Sommelier’s Recommendation Franciacorta is Italy’s answer to Champagne. Following even more stringent rules than its French Counterpart, we can find excellent value and quality from this relatively unknown region. The Gatti Family are ‘Grower Franciacorta’ with all of their wine coming from grapes they have grown in their own vineyards and wines they create in their own cellar. The Brut NV is a  beautifully pristine and pure expression of sparkling Chardonnay with fine bubbles that dance over your tongue. Grab some of Australia’s best Oysters to enjoy with this wine to elevate your experience to the next level.

In 1975 Enrico Gatti purchased a single hectare in Erbusco, the heart of the Franciacorta region, and made a red wine which he sold in demijohns to local restaurants. At the time Franciacorta was really just getting started as a sparkling wine region and, seeing the potential, Enrico enlisted the support of his children, Lorenzo and Paola, and Paola’s husband Enzo Balzarini, and in 1984 they acquired a further sixteen hectares with the aim of producing a great sparkling wine.
Now very much a family operation with a third generation involved, the total production is 100,000 bottles – still tiny by local standards. The vineyards are all planted on the regions classic morainic terrain (an accumulation of boulders, stones, or other debris carried and deposited by a glacier). Farming is organic and exclusively by hand.

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