Spumante Metodo Classico Extra Brut 2011 – Murgoby Valentino Minotti
A longer maturation on the yeast develops a perfect balance between acidity and softness. The wine is very delicate, elegant and presents interesting notes of development. In comparison to the «Murgo Brut» it contains a higher consistency and viscosity by the longer extraction of the colloidal substances of the yeast which also improves the perlage. Straw-yellow colour; fruity aroma, good evolution with delicate sensations of yeast. In the mouth soft, with grass, citrus and dry fruit sensations, fresh, fruity, with good persistence.
The Extra Brut Murgo is gently pressed of the selected grapes that are harvested before they are completely mature, static decantation at 5-8°C, temperature controlled fermentation at 16-18°C with selected yeasts. The Extra brut Murgo matured in stainless steel vats for 9 months, during this time the natural malolactic fermentation takes place. The second fermentation is carried out at the end of spring. Re-fermentation in the bottle needs 2 ½ months at a controlled temperature of 14°C. The wine matures in the bottle on the yeast for about 5 years in the underground cellars. Remuage takes place in pupitres. For 1 ½ months the bottles are turned twice a week. Dégorgement then follows.
The Baron Emanuele Scammacca del Murgo, with a long career as a diplomatic and having been Italian Ambassador in important embassies as the Holy See, Bruxelles, Moscow and Assistant Secretary of the Estate at the Foreign Affairs, decided in 1981 to transform the ancient landed property of the family in modern productive agricultural estates, carrying out gradual and continuous improvements. In the following years, the sons Michele Murgo, Alessandro, Pietro and Matteo joined him, supported by the brothers Filippo, Bernardo, Manfredi and Costantino.
Rises at 500 m above the sea level, on the eastern slopes of Mount Etna, below Zafferana Etnea, in a privileged panoramic position. The estate is located along one of the main access streets to the craters and is the destination of a big number of visitors and wine enthusiasts. The vineyard has a net extension of 24,5 hectares and the main part is registered as DOC Etna. In a few pieces of land, there are some original French varieties of vine, well integrated with this particular terroir. The microclimate of the Etna is characterized by strong temperature ranges, due to the altitude of the volcano (3’360 m a.s.l.) which delays the maturation and brings freshness and fragrance to the wines. Instead, the volcanic soil confers an intense minerality which you can perceive in all the products of the region. Thanks to these conditions, we get elegant, complex and mineral wines, having an identity which differs from the Italian and international enological range. The conduction of the vineyard is based on the priority use of natural techniques with low impact of the environment.
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