Colli Tortonesi DOC
A complex, full and rich wine with flint and floral aromas; crisp and mineral on the palate, touches of honey, ripe herb, spice, orange and nut.
Timorasso ranks in the top division of esoteric wines, it is an unruly genius of a vine. Before phylloxera the vine rivalled Cortese for white dominance in Piemonte, it has retreated into the Colli Tortenese (Tortonesi hills) and is a grail for small artisan winemakers.
The vineyard is on limestone with sparse, stony soils, lying at an altitude of three hundred meters, facing North. This slows the maturation of the vines, meaning grapes can be harvested later when they are fully ripe.
The vines have an average age of fifteen years and just sixty hectolitres are taken from each hectare, this is just half the authorised amount. The harvest is made by hand and, after a careful selection, whole grapes are gently pressed with their stems intact. Fermentation is spontaneous and in temperature controlled steel tanks before the wine is aged for a further eight months on the lees. Malolactic conversion is blocked. The finished wine is racked and bottled and aged for at least eight months in bottle before entering the market.