The Alto (High) Monferrato is the largest area of the three areas of Piedmont planted with Cortese (the other two are around Gavi and Tortona towns); in Piedmont it is still synonymous of dry white wine. The must obtained from the pressing of the grapes is cleaned with the old method of settling and then left to ferment in stainless steel tanks where it is kept at a temperature of around 18° -20°.
Cortese Alto Monferrato DOC should be drunk young, possibly in the year following the harvest.
Vine: Cortese Alto Monferrato 100%
Vineyards: 100% in Castel Rocchero, Guyot simple breeding.
Harvest: Mid September – End of September
Vinification: Soft pressing of grapes. Cleaning of the must through the decanting and start of the fermentation at controlled temperature for the depletion of sugars.
Average annual production: 8,000 bottles
Aging: At least 3 months in bottle
Properties and characteristics: It has a pale straw yellow color, tending to greenish; distinctive aroma, delicate, subtle but persistent; dry taste, harmonious, savory, pleasantly bitter.
Alcohol content: 12.5% vol.
Garde probable: 2 years
Serving temperature: 10° -12°C
Serving suggestions: Excellent as an aperitif, with cold starters (vegetables or chicken salads), fish, risottos, creams and delicate fish dishes.