Appellation: Oltrepò Pavese D.O.C.G.
Grape blend: 100% Pinot Nero
Aged: partly (25%) in oak Tonneaux, 48 months on its lees in the bottle
Alcohol content: 12.5% vol
Acidity: 6 g/l
Residual sugars: 6.4 g/l
Each of the Fattoria’s Metodo Classico wines is made with selected grapes that are picked by hand, intact and perfectly ripe. For the Cuvée N1, some of the Pinot Nero grapes – roughly 25% – were fermented in 500 litre oak Tonneaux barrels, giving additional soft nuances without over-emphasizing the taste of wood, which only stands out for its sweetness and body. The 2016 harvest gave grapes that had accumulated a good amount of sugars, but also acidity. Before blending, the best, most full-bodied Pinot Nero base wines were chosen, from which consistency and aromatic complexity can be expected during ageing. After bottling and the formation of bubbles, the 48 months of ageing “sur lie” began; the length of this period has a considerable influence on the organoleptic characteristics of a complex and elegant Metodo Classico.
Tasting – Colour: strong straw-yellow, almost golden, adorned with a creamy foam of dense, fine little bubbles, which rise incessantly to the surface. The nose: candied orange and lemon, juicy pear and, typical of Metodo Classico wines, marked minerality – reminiscent of a sea breeze – delicate honey, mustard, and fragrances of cocoa and boisé. In the mouth: creamy and full-bodied, with fine bubbles that propel the olfactory sensations at length from the palate towards the nose; walnut, yeast, or rather freshly baked brioche, all accompanying the lengthy finish.
Wine and Food Pairing – It harmonises with tempting appetizers and fish starters, with seafood and other raw fish dishes, but also with grilled oil-rich fish, shellfish salads, and fish risotto… more daring combinations: meatballs (not in tomato sauce) and lamb chops.