Conforta 2015 Late harvest Tuscan IGT. Botrytized dessert wine
Appellation: IGT TUSCAN DESSERT WHITE
Varietal: Manzoni 6.0.13, Gewürztraminer and Sémillon.
Winemaking: Harvesting occurs about 4/8 weeks from ripening. Vinification occurs without oxygen; matured at 3° C after steryl filtration, is aged in bottle for 10 months.
Description: Scents of rose and sugar-coated almonds to the nose, soft and velvety well balanced to the mouth.
Noble rot Botrytis and special wine:The fungus, Botrytis cinerea, is more affectionately known as “noble rot.”it’s the same kind of rot that spoils strawberries and soft fruit with greyish fuzz. So what makes this mold noble?It comes down to a fine balance of moisture, sunlight and temperature. Ripe, healthy grapes must still be on the vine as fall begins, when misty mornings can provide the moisture that the fungus needs to thrive. It will pierce a grape’s skin to feast on its juice.After a few hours, sunshine and otherwise dry conditions must follow. This evaporates moisture and stops the fungus in its tracks. The following morning, the process repeats itself.A succession of misty mornings and dry, sunny days provide the perfect conditions as sugars, flavors and acids concentrate in the grape while the fungus consumes water. It’s risky business, as rain can turn this delicate interaction into full-blown rot. In some years, growers lose their entire crop.Botrytized grapes aren’t pretty, as they turn shriveled and brown. Their juice, however, is golden, sweet and precious.
During the harvest Each grape needs to be handpicked and checked individually, and yields are tiny. The resulting wine Conforta is complex but fresh with incredible special taste.