Zardetto Cavalier Prosecco Brut NV ~ Veneto, Italy
Commended Decanter World Wine Awards
The Winemaker "Simple, fragrant and light... it is perfect as an aperitif."
Zardetto winemakers first lead by the forefather of the estate, Bepi Zardetto have been making award winning wines for close to one hundred years, and prosecco since the 1950s. The terrior of the Veneto region is famed for Prosecco production.
The Zardetto vineyard is located in a complex hill system shaped by ancient glaciers, not far from the left bank of the river Piave, equidistant from the Dolomites. This provides protection which keeps its climate gentle and temperate. It is within this landscape between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene that the vineyard is located, contributing to the regions' fame as Italy's acclaimed exclusive region for Prosecco production.
Prosecco is a pale and light grape indigenous to northern Italy that makes one of the countries most popular sparkling wines. Most Prosecco is made in an extra extra dry, or off dry, style offering fruity aromas of confected pears and peaches. A small percentage are made in a dry Brut style offering bracing green apple and citrus fruit. Since the 2009 vintage the Prosecco zone in the Veneto region was elevated from DOC to DOCG status, joining the ranks with the likes of Barolo, Chianti and Brunello Di Montalcino. At the same time the grape was renamed from Prosecco to Glera. Now anything made outside of the region must be labeled Sparkling Glera, offering extra protection for the zone's 5,000 or so small producers.