il Cancello Prosecco - King Valley
The Glera grapes are sourced from the very cool climate region of the King Valley, they were gently pressed and carefully twice-fermented to produce a harmonious crisp dry intense sparkling wine.
PRODUCT OF AUSTRALIA
750ml | 11.5% Alc/Vol | 6.5 Standard Drinks | Preservative (220) added
WINEMAKERS PROSECCO REPORT
I have always wanted to make a classic Australian Prosecco.
This ambition was continually thwarted by my inability to purchase fruit grown in the King Valley.
Through adversity comes “opportunity”…….
Re wind to the 2021 vintage, I received a call from a grower offering me premium Prosecco fruit.
He explained the impact of Covid on Prosecco sales in the on-premise (bar, restaurant) space resulted in a surplus of fruit and I jumped at the “opportunity”
Making Prosecco is a two part process.
The first step is to make the base wine in a traditional way by pressing and fermenting the white juice. Maintaining a balance between fruit character and acidity is key. I was looking for a crisp green apple character, lean and racy.
At this stage the wine is still and not bubbly.
Step 2 is to re-ferment the base wine using a method called “Charmat”
Also called the ‘tank method’, this winemaking process involves a second fermentation in a large closed tank that traps carbon dioxide, a by-product of the fermentation process, in the wine.
Being a sealed stainless steel tank allows trapping bubbles under pressure.
It took me 10 days to complete the fermentation, the bubbly Prosecco is then bench tasted to determine the final additions of fructose and acid.
At this final stage is when the finish and sweetness of the prosecco is decided.
I look forward to hear how you find my IL CANCELLO (Italian for Gate)
Josef Orbach, Winemaker
IL CANCELLO PROSECCO KING VALLEY HAS BEEN AWARDED:
We acknowledge that we make wine on the Traditional Lands of the Taungurong peoples and pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.
We extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We acknowledge their living connection to Country, relationship with the land and all living things extending back tens of thousands of years.