Botter Asolo Prosecco Superiore Extra Brut DOCG is fresh lively and smashing value. Prosecco is actually the region and Glera the grape. Produced in the Veneto area in northeast Italy. Botter has been around since 1928 and has remained a family-run wine business since its conception. Now in its third generation, they are really starting to evolve taking a very well put together a sustainable approach to the overall business. The model focuses on economic, social and environmental practices. This ensures conditions of well being, safety, health and care for natural resources. An encouraging sign that some well-known producers are leading the way in sustainability.
The Botter Asolo Prosecco is a pale lemon with a delicate aroma of fresh pear, green apple and lemon. The palate is crisp and lively but very well balanced with a soft fruity length. Best served as an aperitif or with grilled seafood. The Glera grapes are carefully selected and fermented in stainless steel vats. The juice is cold settled and then inoculated with selected yeasts. Temperature is monitored through the entire fermentation and usually takes around 10 days to complete. That’s stage one! The best base wine is then selected for the sparkling wine. It’s filtered again, sugar and more yeast is added and now the secondary fermentation takes place in a sealed tank. When it gets to the required pressure, alcohol and sugar level, its cold stabilised, filtered and bottled.
Veneto is a temperate climate. It has a big sea influence and is protected from the northern winds by the Alps. Cold winters with some humidity with hot and sometimes muggy summers. Asolo is second DOCG in the region after Valdobbiadene. Its vineyards are mainly grown on hillsides offering much better quality than DOC Prosecco which is more mass-produced.