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Luce d'Alba

Bottiglia di Luce d'Alba - Azienda Agricola Montonale

Appellation

Brut Metodo Classico Millesimato

Grape varieties

100% Turbiana

The grapes are picked during the first light of morning – hence its name, Dawn’s Light – in order to preserve every bit of their flavour. This bottle-refermented Turbiana gives the grape variety the opportunity to stretch its varietal power to the utmost and find new expressive pathways, a challenge that the best growing seasons will meet, with impressive results.

The great talent of our unique clay soils gives rise to this traditional method sparkling wine, which owes its name to the habit of harvesting the grapes at dawn to preserve their freshness. Obtained from the soft pressing of Turbiana, it represents the most exuberant and enticing face of our native grape variety.

Vineyards

Accurate selection of the most suitable grapes for the production of this wine in our vineyards located in the small village of Montonale; thanks to the excellent sunlight exposure and the good ventilation, the grapes can reach a perfect ripeness.

Winemaking

The bunches are early havested, manually selected and cooled before the pressing in order to preserve the aromatic precursors. A soft pressing takes place in anaerobic conditions (with the absence of oxygen) to avoid the oxidation of the aromatic compounds. Only the free-run juice obtained at very gentle pressures is used for the production of this wine; the must clarification is done by natural settling. Fermentation occurs for about 10 days in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature. The wine is aged on its fine lees for at least 6 months with constant lees stirring. In the springtime, the wine is bottled and a second fermentation starts inside the bottle at a controlled temperature of 12°C. After the re-fermentation, the pressure reaches 6 bar and the wine remains in the bottle for at least 36 months. After disgorging, the wine is aged for about 3 months before release.

Tasting notes

A pale yellow colour with bright golden hues, it offers a fine and persistent perlage, which makes the wine even shinier. The nose reveals a blanket of luminous scents: white flowers, acacia honey, nectarine, lychee, honey melon, with a whiff of yeast to enrich the complexity of the bouquet. It tickles the palate with its ultra-refined, delicate perlage alongside the invigorating acidity and the silky creaminess that give it a delicious texture. An energizing mineral note adds intensity and purity to the long-lasting finish.

Food pairings

A very versatile wine, it honours tasty antipasti with shellfish and seafood, Italian pasta and risotto, fish dishes and white meat. Try it with “luccio in concia bresciana”, the traditional recipe to prepare the pike of Lake Garda.

Bottiglia di Luce d'Alba - Azienda Agricola Montonale