Azienda Agricola Ferghettina
Ferghettina Franciacorta Saten 2014, Azienda Agricola Ferghettina
Italy / Lombardy
Andy's Tasting Notes
Italian sparkling wine is not all about Prosecco, as leading Franciacorta producer Ferghettina has proved time and time again. Franciacorta is fantastic yet largely underappreciated – Champagne style blend of grapes but with softer, riper fruit.
Satèn is Italian for ‘satin’ – Cremant was the term previously used for this style of wine until the term was prohibited in 1995. It specifies a blanc de blancs wine, with a creamy style and less vigorous fizz. Aromas of fresh citrus, with hints of creamy toast, this wine is beautifully elegant and complex.
The palate has smoky, flinty notes with a delicious creamy texture, a buttery brioche character and a hint of almond and honey. Mellow, fine, long and sophisticated.
The Gatti family manage 120 hectares of vineyards in six localities within the DOC. Grapes for Saten are selected from older vineyards in just two village areas. The alcoholic fermentation is carried out in stainless steel tank at controlled temperature between 16 and 18 °C with selected yeast. 10% of the base wine finishes alcoholic fermentation in used barriques and matures there for 5 months. Tirage is carried out in spring time of the following year. The wine has 36 month of ageing on the lees. Saten has a lower pressure ( less than 4,5 atmospheres) then other Franciacorta and this is responsible for its distinctive softness. Saten can only be made as a Brut style.
Price per bottle £27.00
5 in stock
Ferghettina is a family winery – established in 1991 by Roberto Gatti, and run with his wife Andreina, and their children Laura and Matteo. Starting with just 3-4ha of vineyard and a small production of Franciacorta Brut, Ferghettina has now grown to become one of the finest Franciacorta wineries. Situated in the southern half of Lombardy – on the edge of the town of Adro, just south of Lake Iseo – the majority of plantings are Chardonnay (approx. 70%) along with Pinot Noir (and just 4ha Pinot Blanc for their still wines). They now have 200ha of vineyard across 11 different villages, mostly at 250-300m altitude.
Each vineyard confers a unique character on the resulting base wine, giving Roberto a broad spectrum of styles to blend for each cuveé. It is this skilful blending, meticulous attention to detail and long bottle maturation that give Ferghettina’s wines great finesse and individuality. Ferghettina are now in the process of organic conversion.
Food matchAperitif, lovely match to feta cheese parcels