Le Petit – true greatness.
Bright yellow shot with green – the beholder is overcome by the presentiment: "That really is a true gem”. Sweet, extremely elegant with unimagined freshness, it fulfils the promise.
Grape variety: Petit Manseng. – Colour: scintillating golden straw yellow. – Aroma and flavour: accentuated fruit, especially reminiscent of exotic fruits including mango, lychee, dried apricots; enormous depth and complexity with elegant hints of honey and botrytis, the wine’s sweetness and opulence are cut by a backbone of mouthwatering acidity. – Site and soil: Mazzon close to Kaltern, an extensive south-facing mountainside terrace at an altitude of 400 m above sea level, sunny and breezy and ideal for allowing grapes to hang long after the normal harvest period. The soil is a mixture of sand and clay mixed with a diversity of rock, from finely eroded dolomite, porphyry, gneiss and granite to hand-sized stones. – Winemaking: given that some of the berries contained very little liquid it took eight hours to extract the juice. Fermentation took place in oak barrels with yeasts occurring naturally on the grapes and proceeded very slowly. After several months the fermentation stopped of its own accord once the alcohol level had reached 11% by volume. The ‘natural’ result is an optimum balance between alcohol, acidity and residual sugar. – Serving suggestions: enjoy lightly chilled, at 46 – 50 °F. – Food recommendations: delicate desserts and with cheeses at the end of a meal.