Nardello Spumante Brut “Aetas”
WHY WE LOVE IT
- It is an extremely small-production, hand-made Spumante.
- The name Etas originates from material taken from the book: “3000 years ago in Verona”. The book was published as a catalogue to accompany an exhibition of the same name which was held at Verona’s Natural History Museum from 1 July to 31 December 1976. The exhibition included a specific reference to the Monte Zoppega area. In fact, it spoke of: “Traces of inhabitation on its heights. Remains found there relate to primitive Veneto region culture towards the end of the Bronze Age.” Therefore Etas refers to a return to the land, to our origins and invites contemplation of the history that also “re-emerges” materially from our hills.
Varietal Composition: 50% Chardonnay, 40% Garganega 40%, 10% Trebbiano di Soave
Elaboration: Harvested from mid-August to mid-September (according to the variety), the grapes are then pressed whole and the first-pressing must is drained. Fermentation of the sparkling wine base at 12-13 C°. When alcoholic fermentation is finished, the wine is poured off.
Tasting Notes: A yellow, straw-colored wine with greenish hues. The nose experiences a variety of aromas that range from floral note in the beginning to developed, ripe fruit on the finish. The perlage is elegant and well-combined. The mineral wealth gives the impression of fullness while still preserving a fresh and persistent profile that makes for easy drinking.
The first traces of the Nardello family’s grape-growing activities in Soave trace back to the mid-1500’s. This history means an enviable collection of cru holdings within Soave Classico, situated between Monte Zoppega and Monte Tondo. In geographical terms, these two hills represent the extreme southern border of Soave’s original boundary.
Tasting through the Nardello lineup is an eye opening exercise in the effect of soil type on the personality of Garganega-based wines, as all of Soave’s distinct terroirs are separately represented in the company’s various bottlings.