Pinot Nero 100%.
Vineyards of provenance
Three pinot nero vineyards on the “Belvedere” estate, situated in the
municipality of Iseo in the hills on the south side of Lake Iseo at 466 metres
above sea level.
Average yield per hectare
6,200 kilograms, equivalent to 3,100 litres of wine (must-to-fruit ratio 50%).
Vinification and winemaking
Every stage in the production of Dosage Zéro Noir is carried out with the utmost
rigour. This painstaking, uncompromising procedure begins in the vineyard.
The grapes are picked by hand in small cases, transferred at once to the cellar,
tracked by vineyard of provenance and chilled. Each bunch is hand-selected by
expert cellar workers. The pinot nero berry has colourless pulp and black skin.
To make the base wine for Dosage Zéro Noir, it is crucial that the juice extracted
- the must - should remain pale or slightly pink in colour. Pressing is performed
at strictly low pressure so that the grapeskin is undamaged and does not yield
its colour compounds. The resulting musts ferment in small oak barrels. Barrel
maturation lasts for just five months to coax out maximum aromatic complexity
and expressive power without jeopardising elegance. A pair of flying tanks
enables the wines to be gravity-racked from the small oak casks into maturation
tanks. At the end of two further months’ ageing in steel, the three base wines
from the three vineyards of provenance are blended to achieve a perfect balance
of subtlety, tension, body and fragrance. The pinot nero grape imparts its
complex red berry fruits aromas to the wine along with body, longevity and
persistence on the palate. The magic of terroir and the skill of the winegrowers
have come together to produce a wine of outstanding purity. Dosage Zéro Noir
will need eight to twelve years’ ageing to reach its peak of quality and develop the
distinctive array of aromatics that make it so unique. Rightly, this Franciacorta
is set apart by its noble title of “Riserva”. Disgorgement of Dosage Zéro Noir
takes place in an oxygen-free environment thanks to a unique system designed
and patented by Ca’ del Bosco, an approach that renders our Franciacortas
purer and even more appealing. We wanted this blanc de noir to express massive
personality and convey the character of the terroir that brought it forth so we
left it undosed and did not add any liqueur d’expédition at disgorgement. Every
bottle released is given an individual marking to ensure its traceability.
30 March 2007.
Maturation sur lies
Eight years and seven months.
Dosage at disgorgement
No added liqueur.
Analytical data at disgorgement
Alcohol content: 12.5% Vol; pH: 3.10; Total acidity: 6.00 grams/litre;
Volatile acidity: 0.41 grams/litre.
Total Sulphur Dioxide less than 40 milligrams/litre
(maximum legal limit: 185 milligrams/litre).