The 2019 vintage in the Limestone Coast is looking relatively promising. With good summer rains late last year the canopies are looking quite lush and the fruit has set well for most varieties. Of course it is early days and with more vineyard visits each week prior to locking in harvest dates, the excitement should hopefully build- a little like a child looking forward to Christmas Day!
I am hoping my gift will be 5 tonnes of pristine Wrattonbully Prosecco grapes to add a refreshing, Italian style spumante to the range for 2019! Being a Mediterranean variety, it is an easy 'middle of the day' drinking wine and almost a replacement for mineral water at the lunch time table!
Following a visit to Asti, Italy for my honeymoon, I was inspired by the Italian varieties that make deliciously light and fruity sparkling (or spumante) wines. Although the region of Prosecco in Italy is on the north-east side (Asti on the north-west), I have tried as many bottles of Prosecco fizz as I possibly can both from Italy and Australia.
I am inspired to make my Prosecco in a similar traditional style to the 'sparkling' Prosecco (there are still Prosecco wines also made in Italy). Early picked, cool fermented and with no malo fermentation. Interestingly, this one grape variety planted under the name 'Prosecco' in Australia, a marketed wine style known as 'Prosecco' (it is fun to say) and a region in the Northern Hemisphere, also known as Prosecco, has created a stir in Australia with the naming rights being fought over with the EU, Wine Trade agreements and Wine Australia. As we continue to pop more corks and seriously debate the future of this variety within the Southern Hemisphere, fingers crossed this year's crop delivers just what I wished for!
Wrattonbully Prosecco Grapes!!!