Costadila Col Fondo 450 SLM 2017 – an iconic vintage, and one of the last from the late winemaker Ernesto Cattel who suddenly passed in late 2018. You’re wondering probably wondering what the names are a little odd… it’s to do with the elevation of the vineyard (in meters). The Costadila winery was founded with the aim of rediscovering and enhancing the Glera grape for what it was, with authentic flavours now almost forgotten. Sur Lie natural wines, orange in colour, refermented in the bottle with indigenous yeasts still present on the bottom.
These wines wear a whole past, generous and of great quality. Costadila is a traditional “closed-loop” small farm with organic agriculture and breeding. Costadila is set in the hills north of Venice, where “Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene” is historically produced. According to the local tradition, “our wines are fermented in the bottle. Not filtering and not adding sulfites, we give our wild-yeasts the ideal condition to do their job. Honest and daily sparkling wines are what we try to do.”
He was never keen to be labeled organic or prosecco, he wanted it be known as a glass of Costadila’. Costadila was a massive labour of love from Ernesto who was one of the pioneers in the col fondo style. He wanted to re-introduce the old fashion way of making prosecco. Yes! This is how Prosecco was born before the mass production and was usually only enjoyed by locals. He spent most of his days experimenting and talking to old local winemakers to get to know the secrets of a traditional Colfondo.
The 450 SLM has distinct hints of ripe fruit, excellent minerality and very characteristic slightly bitter finish due to yeasts. A gem of biodynamic agriculture produced in just a few thousand bottles.
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