A lightly sparkling Prosecco with a fresh and fruity aroma, the Riondo Prosecco Spago Nero in January’s Bubble Box is different than your standard Prosecco. Check out what makes this sparkler stand out here.
1. How it’s made
Made of 100% Glera grapes, this wine starts with a soft pressing of the grapes. The wine undergoes a first fermentation at a controlled temperature for 10 days and then a second round of fermentation in a tank, fermenting with yeast at 16 degrees Celsius until it reaches 2.5 bars of pressure. This relatively low pressure means that the finished wine is less bubbly – frizzante, or lightly sparkling.
2. Where it’s from
This Prosecco is DOC – Denominazione di Origine Controllata – the second most stringent criteria an Italian wine can be held to. The grapes are guaranteed by the Italian government to have been grown in Veneto (the Prosecco-producing region) and the producer is held to specific quality standards.
3. How it tastes
This delightfully fresh and light wine is white with gold reflections in the glass, and bubbles that are both delicate and persistent.
On the nose, Prosecco Spago Nero will be lively and aromatic, rich with the smells of ripe fruit and flowers. These aromas carry over onto the palate, where you’ll taste apples, pears and flowers.
Lightly sparkling and lower in alcohol than many wines, this is a refreshing and wholly unpretentious Prosecco.
4. How to drink it
Harking back to the days when Prosecco was sold in bottles tied shut with string, this wine is corked with a standard wine cork, so you’ll need a corkscrew to open it. With that job done, serve this lightly fizzing wine well chilled – between six and eight degrees Celsius is ideal. This wine is delicious with rice and vegetable dishes, or spicy curries.
5. Who’s behind it
Founded in 2008, Riondo is one of the most important Prosecco producers in Italy, with vineyards spread all across the Northern Italian region of Veneto. The vines are cared for meticulously by associated farmers, who harvest the grapes and bring them to Riondo, where they’re turned into wonderful Proseccos.
Taking its name from Monte Riondo, a round hill a short walk away from the winery, Riondo is a cornerstone of the Italian Prosecco industry.