Grape blend: Pinot Nero, Trebbiano Toscano, Chardonnay
Alcohol content: 13.5 % vol
Acidity: 5.78 g/l
Residual sugars: 7.9 g/l
Mussantino’s bubbles, which are less numerous than in a “Spumante” but creamy and certainly no less pleasant, caress the palate accompanied by great freshness (there is no malolactic fermentation). The wine is dry, delicately fruity and a faithful companion from A (for appetizers) to Z (for zabaglione).
In the Oltrepò Pavese area, 2021 was perfect for Pinot Nero, giving fragrant, fresh grapes; it was slightly more complicated for Chardonnay, with grapes that were rich in sugar and full-bodied, while the Trebbiano ripened well and regularly. The three grape varieties were fermented (at 17 °C) separately; the base wines were then combined, and the blend rested on its fine lees until the formation of bubbles. The only difference between “spumante” (= sparkling wine) and semi-sparkling wine is that the latter has a lower CO2 content, and therefore is less effervescent (approximately 2 bars of pressure in the bottle compared to 4.5/5 bars in Le Chiassaie and Ca' Dell’Oro… to give a couple of examples).
Tasting – Colour: delicate straw-yellow that turns towards gold as time passes (it expresses its character to the best when drunk young). The nose: subtle aromas of wild apple, with a hint of banana and walnut husk. In the mouth: effervescent but not overly so, it drives the olfactory notes to the back of the palate, amplified by the vivacity.
Wine and Food Pairing – The wine’s versatility and delicate character make it suitable to drink “on its own”, or throughout an entire meal. It’s ideal with “nibbles” for an aperitif, with light fish appetizers, with vegetable crudités, with fish risotto and pasta dishes.