A crisp, sparkling wine that stimulates your palate like nothing else. Another beautiful vinification from Cantina Furlani takes Pinot Grigio to exciting new heights - higher than the Dolomites!
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Whats the Occasion
- Pinot Grigio
Soft cheeses, Sushi, Fresh vegetables, Salad
Open and Drink
6° - 8°C
When you smell Macerato, you’ll experience a perplexing aromatic profile that stays true to Pinot Grigio’s citrusy side, elevated by hints of mid-ripe strawberries and a balsamic finish. The fermentation à la champenoise adds a vinous dimension to this wonderful wine.
When you taste Macerato you can feel the tension on your palate, while the bubbles deliver notes of grapefruit zest and tart cherries. A dry, mineral finish carries you over to the next sip.
Cantina Furlani’s Macerato comes from the Trentino region, one of Italy’s most distinctive wine regions - and one of the most spectacularly beautiful. Situated north of Verona, Trentino is in the Dolomites, where the terrain is steep and sloping, and the sunshine rich and prolonged in the summertime. The northern Italian winters can be harsh, but the mountains protect Trentino from the worst of it. The cool nights, warm days, calcareous soil, and pure mountain air provide the grapes with an ideal environment to ripen in their high-altitude vineyards, imbuing them with the magical alpine character of the province itself.
A challenging terrain
The Cantina Furlani comprises several hectares of steep, sloping vineyards, split between the sides of Mount Vigolana and the hills above the town of Trento. This mountainous terrain, reaching heights of 720 metres above sea level, doesn’t lend itself easily to working with heavy machinery - Matteo Furlani’s all-natural hand-picking techniques come about from a desire to be ecologically conscious, but also from necessity. Many of his grapes are grown on “pergola trentinas”, raised trellises that keep the grapes hanging above head level, where they soak up sunshine and are hand-picked from below.
Working in harmony with nature
No chemicals or fertilizers are used in the production of Macerato - not even the most organic kind - and no sulphurs are added during production; Matteo cultivates his land following biodynamic principles. Once the pink-coloured Pinot Grigio grapes have reached the desired ripeness, they’re hand-harvested into small crates, destemmed, then macerated for fourteen days in their skins. The wine is fermented twice, first in a steel tank to preserve the fruit characteristics, then again in the bottle using natural fermentation. Macerato isn’t fined or filtered, just racked, which gives it its distinctive dreamy cloud-pink haze.
The Brains Behind It
Expressing the personality
In the early 2000s, Matteo Furlani and his wife Annalisa took over the ancient Furlani family plot. Matteo’s father, Fabio, still works alongside his son, and his mother Carla runs the little guesthouse attached to the vineyards. Matteo is fascinated by the individual personality of each grape variety that grows on his mountainous vines, and believes in using all-natural techniques to ensure that these personalities can shine through authentically and undiminished.