This Metodo Classico Brut “Cuvée dei Frati” Cà dei Frati was produced using the ‘Metodo Classico’ process. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation took place partially in stainless steel and partially in barrique. After triage, it was aged on its lees for a minimum of 36 months before disgorgement and a further four months after. The small proportion of Chardonnay in the blend becomes more evident after lees ageing and adds a rounder, fuller character to the wine.
Fruit is sourced from the I Frati (5.84 hectares) vineyard in Sirmione and the Ronchedone (9 hectares) vineyard in Desenzano del Garda. Soils are chalky clay. Vines are single or double Guyot trained. Yields are about 9,000 kilograms per hectare.
The Dal Cero family has transformed their Cà 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.