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The indomitable and irrepressible Travelling Gourmet TM features the launch of Italy’s…
MARVELLOUS sparkling wine…Prosecco Rose in Singapore and South East Asia.
Singapore, 31 August 2021 Italy officially introduced Prosecco DOC Rosé marking the sparkling wine’s presence in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Held under the auspices of the Prosecco DOC Consortium, which controls and manages the Controlled Designation of Origin Prosecco, there was a tasting of 11 Prosecco Roses. Due to the china virus wilfully spread by vile china, the wine producers explained about their wines by virtual video link. In the past it was always more fun and informative when the wine producers were present in person. Virtual presentations by video link always has technical glitches. Also, the sound is always not very good making understanding the presentations difficult at times.
Prosecco DOC Consortium
Prosecco was granted the Controlled Designation of Origin status on July 17th, 2009, and the Prosecco DOC Consortium (Consorzio di Tutela della Denominazione di Origine Controllata Prosecco) was created on November 19th, 2008 to coordinate and manage the Prosecco DOC. The organization unites the different groups of manufacturers—wineries, individual and associated vine-growers, still wine and sparkling wine producers—to ensure the designation continues to grow and that the production regulations are complied with. prosecco is produced by the Charmant method as opposed to the methode champenoise.
The launch introduced Prosecco DOC Rosé the to prospective distributors, retailers, and importers in Singapore and Southeast Asia. 11 of Italy’s eminent wineries were also present at the launch – Piera 1899, Antonio Facchin & Figli, Masottina, Torresella, Villa Sandi, La Gioiosa, Le Rughe, Cantine Borga, Viticoltori Ponte, Astoria, and Zardetto. I was pleased to taste 11 different Prosecco DOC Rosés.
Known for its uncomplicated, light, smooth, refreshing citrus and berry flavours, Prosecco is popularly sought after as wine to be paired with food. Prosecco is also widely as a base for many wine cocktails. It is also regarded as a highly versatile wine – it is ideal as an aperitif, for parties, celebrations events and clubbing because of its sparkling and bubbly qualities. Italy’s answer to Cava and Sekt also has a very good price to quality ratio. Proseccos are sparkling wines to be enjoyed young within 2 years of their release.
Prosecco DOC Rosé represents the evolution of a wine already famous all around the world that is the Prosecco DOC. Its success is built upon a formula of knowledge backed by centuries of time-honoured tradition. Such a knowledge in wine-making is handed down through many generations, combined with the enological discipline and know-how derived from the North-Eastern Italy territories spanning between Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia, home of breath-taking landscapes and unique Italian traditions.
Prosecco DOC granted the Controlled Designation of Origin status on July 17th, 2009 which resulted in the union of esteemed winemakers and bottlers spanning across nine provinces between the Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia regions, firmly establishing the wine’s provenance. This also means that Prosecco now represents a territory with specific rules established in the production specifications, as well as determining the supply chain steps ranging from the definition of the production area to labelling. Once the wine is certified to have met all requirements laid down by the DOC, only then it is allowed to bear the name of the appellation, and be conferred the Prosecco DOC label.
The official government seal is found on the neck of every bottle of Prosecco DOC Roséas a mark guaranteeing its quality and authenticity. The wine produced via the perfect combination of vines and production method of Glera (minimum 85%) and Pinot Nero grapes (between 10% and 15%) which are vinified red.
The sparkling production process takes place via natural fermentation through the Martinotti / Charmat method. In this respect, Prosecco DOC Rosé will always bear the title ‘Millesimato’ because it must contain 85% of grapes from the vintage declared on the label.
Prosecco DOC Rosé presents to all wine connoisseurs a unique taste in different ways – it is produced as a sparkling wine and is in the dry style from Brut Nature to Extra Dry.
The wine is pale pink with a fine and persistent perlage which is a result of a fermentation period of minimum 60 days. Its nose carries the signature scents of Glera – namely white flowers, apple and bright citrus, enriched with hints of raspberry bestowed by Pinot Noir.
The typical mouthfeel is that of bright and lively acidity that imparts freshness, and its tasting intensity is characterised by a convincingly soft and refined structure, provided by an extended aging on the lees. The finish lingers with floral and fruity aromas.
a. Brut Nature – With no sugar dosage, the mouthfeel is characterised by the intensity of gustatory notes.
b. Extra Brut – With a limited sugar residue, sapid and acidic notes prevail.
c. Brut – Possessing a strong taste, it is best enjoyed when paired with dishes from international cuisines
d. Extra Dry – Presented in the traditional version, the wine is ideal as an aperitif and with dishes which are of delicate flavours
The Travelling Gourmet TM says: Keep calm and carry on drinking Prosecco DOC Rosés!