Villa Marcello Prosecco DOC Treviso 2016, 12×75, £95 & 6×150, £100

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Today we are delighted to present the latest project of Giovanni Mazzei; a stunning Prosecco from Villa Marcello. With the sun still shining this Prosecco is a superb start for any soiree. With vibrant aromas of apple, floral notes of wisteria and acacia blossom which follow on to the palate, this Prosecco is dry and refreshing and has a good complexity alongside a rounded mouthfeel from the extended lees contact. At under £13 a bottle taxes paid, this is the ideal aperitif or gastronomical pairing.

Villa Marcello Prosecco DOC hails from the Province of Treviso, one of the finest and most reputable Prosecco growing regions in Italy. The Estate was originally built as a shooting lodge by the Tiepolo family at the end of the 17th Century. It was not until the beginning of the 19th Century that the owner, Elisabetta Galvani Onigo decided to plant the first vines. Today, the Estate is run by the Marcello Family, with Alessandra (Giovanni Mazzei’s mother) and Andriana Marcello at the helm of production in Veneto in the Prosecco DOC.

The Estate consists of 57 hectares and is situated in the commune of Treviso at 25m above sea level. Here, 26.5 hectares are planted under vine in silty clay soil, ideal for structured, yet elegant wines. Glera accounts for the majority of the plantings and makes up 85% in the blend along with 15% of Pinot Bianco. Fermentation takes place at a controlled temperature of 14°C. The juice then spends a minimum of four months ageing on its lees in stainless steel tanks. A secondary fermentation then takes place in large, closed, pressurised tanks over 60 days using selected yeasts (Charmat method). As with the other Mazzei estates, Villa Marcello is managed with minimal intervention and the utmost environmental responsibility.

Filled with both a long history and a great aromatic profile and complexity, this Prosecco truly stands out from the lot. The balance between modern and traditional techniques highlights this wines’ origin and unique character. It is truly a great representation of the quality and potential of Proseccos stemming from the longstanding Treviso winemaking region.