Juice 2019 Ca dei Frati, I Frati, Lugana, Lombardia, ITA
Grape Turbiana 100%
Tasting Note Fresh perfume of white flowers, peaches and ripe lemons. On the palate it has excellent depth and balance, with lovely richness and a crisp, lively finish.
The Dal Cero family has transformed their Ca' dei Frati property, situated on the southern shores of Lake Garda, into a model Italian estate over the past two decades. Back in 1987, they had 12 hectares of vineyard but now, following the purchase of a large chunk of prime vineyard in 2008, they have over 160 hectares. This increase in quantity has been matched by an increase in quality and today they remain the best producer in Lugana.
The secret to the success of the Cà dei Frati wines is outstanding vineyards. Most producers in the zone overcrop and train the vines high. At Cà dei Frati, the vines are trained low, on single or double Guyot, newer vineyards have a higher density of planting, and yields are well below the average for the zone. This wine is made from grapes grown on 10 to 35 year old vines. In Lugana, the Turbiana grape is grown on the glacial soils just to the south of Lake Garda. The warmer days give wines with more weight and intensity than those from 60 kilometres to the east. The cool nights, thanks to the moderating influence of Lake Garda, ensures the grapes retain aroma and acidity.
An incredibly versatile wine to pair food with, it works wonderfully well with the clean, saline flavours of the sea. We would love nothing more than a delicious Spaghetti Marinara or, as the locals much prefer risotto over pasta, a lovely prawn risotto. The freshness of the wine will cut through the creaminess of the risotto and accentuate the sweetness of the prawns. It will happily work with fresh, green spring flavours too along with mild, hard cheeses.