WINE NAME: CAPITEL CROCE
GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION: CRU LIES IN THE MONTEFORTE AREA NEAR THE CROCE SHRINE ON THE TOP OF ZOPPEGA HILL
SIZE OF VINEYARD: 5 HECTARES
VINEYARD POSITION: TOP SLOPES OF THE HILL, SOUTH FACING
SOIL COMPOSITION: LIMESTONE AND GRASS UNDERGROWTH
GRAPE TYPES: 100% GARGANEGA GROWING ON HORIZONTAL SPURRED CORDONS
YIELD PER HECTARE: 45 HECTOLITRES
CULTIVATION METHOD AND PICKING: VERY CLOSE PRUNING LEAVING VERY FEW FRUIT BUDS, SELECTION OF THE MOST MATURE BUNCHES DURING HARVEST, TWO PICKING SESSIONS AND COLLECTION IN SMALL BOXES VINIFICATION: DE-STEMMING, COLD MACERATION OF THE MUST WITH THE GRAPES, SOFT PNEUMATIC PRESSING, SETTLING OF THE MUST, FERMENTATION IN
BARRIQUES MATURING: 8 MONTHS IN USED OAK BARRIQUES FROM ALLIER SUR LIE (MASSIF CENTRAL FRANCE) WITH “BATONNADE”
AGEING IN BOTTLES: 9 MONTHS PRODUCTION: 30 000 BOTTLES SHELF LIFE: 15 YEARS
Ten acres of low-yield, densely-planted vines atop Zoppega hill near the Croce shrine in the Monteforte area. The vines are planted on south facing slopes in limestone soil with grass undergrowth and are trained using a horizontal spurred cordon technique.
Color: Brilliant gold with a light amber tint
Aroma: Fresh, fruit forward aroma guided by hints of peach, apple, cream and spring flowers
Taste: Dry, complex and persistent, with rich, creamy fruit flavors consistent with the bouquet; the use of oak adds a subtle and agreeable spiciness to the wine
Outstanding on its own or paired with savory dishes such as veal, pork, and pâté. Also a delicious match with goat cheese and spicy fare.