Ancilla Lugana '1909' Lugana 2017
The 1909 Lugana from Ancilla Lugana is a superb white wine made without the addition of sulphites! This should make many people happy especially those who suffer from reactions to this additive used in the vast majority of wines. Expect a mass of flavours and aromas that are both complex
Ancilla Lugana is located on the shores of Lake Garda in north east Italy. The estate comprises two vineyards: La Ghidina, located in Lugana di Sirmoine, the heart of the production area of some of the most elegant whites in Italy, and Cadellora, situated in Villafranca di Verona. It is run by Luisella Benedetti, the third generation of women to run this estate, having inherited the farm from her mother, who inherited in turn from her mother, named Ancilla. Ancilla was an extraordinary, energetic woman, who worked the fields and got up at 3am everyday make her wine producing dream come true. Following in the footsteps of her grandmother, with the passion for the land in her blood, Luisella Benedetti gave up her career in finance and took over the family business in the early 2000's. With a hands-on approach, Luisella is involved in every aspect of winemaking and viticulture. The lifelong commitment of her grandmother and mother is a passion now shared by Luisella, which is clear to see in this exciting and pure collection of Lugana wines.
The grape variety Turbiana is also known as the Trebbiano di Lugana, but not to be confused with the Trebbiano found elsewhere in Italy. Research indicates that it is more likely to have a genetic similarity toVerdicchio and is one of the few native grapes capable of ageing. The vineyard is situated in Ghidina di Sirmione, where the vines are between 10 and 13 years old. Grown in lime, clay and limestone soils, the vines are trained on a vertical trellis espalier system with a proportion of the vines trained according to the Guyot method.
This wine is produced without the addition of sulphites. The grapes were destemmed and lightly pressed, followed by a cold maceration on the skins. A slow fermentation took place in steel casks at a low temperature. The wine was aged on its fine lees, in stainless steel casks for five months. The wine then saw further bottle ageing for one month, prior to release.
Intense aromas of grapefruit and citrus fruits are combined with intriguing undertones of jasmine and elderflower. These sensations come to fruition and linger deliciously on the palate, harmoniously balanced with notable body and the discovery of unsuspected warmth.
A food loving wine, this accompanies antipasti, bruschetta, risotto and grilled white fish with a twist of lemon.
Grape - Turbiana 100%
Country - Italy.
Region - Lombardy
Dry/Sweet value: 2 (1 is dry, 7 is very sweet)
Residual Sugar: 0.7
Contains Sulphites: No