So, I took a trip back down memory lane to the verdant rolling hills north of Treviso in the regions of Veneto, Friuli, Venetia and Giulia (I spent a few weeks here, during my year in Italy for vineyard trials while completing my studies). Suddenly I remembered, how I discovered the sheer pleasure of Prosecco in those balmy Italian surrounds. It was the discovery of this style of bubbly and the super laid back life style surrounding the enjoyment of Prosecco, which planted the seed to craft fine sparkling wines from my Swartland vines all those years ago, and it was in the year 2013 with my last visit to a top producer in Italy, Canavel that the Prosecco idea popped.
Hand harvested in the cool of a January morning, trucked to the cellar, delicately whole bunch pressed resulting in 5000 odd ℓ of base wine. Naturally fermented with the ambient yeasts present in the vineyard and no further additions… Though true Prosecco is allowed a secondary fermentation in special pressure tanks, no such vessels exists in SA, so we circumvented this crisis, by adding a special blend of liqueur de triage to kick start the secondary fermentation in bottle – a similar process to the crafting of our Filia Kaap Klassiek, but a shorter time allowed on lees. This secondary bottle fermentation, results in a vibrant fine mousse and a richer flavour profile. After a brief ageing in bottle, the wines were disgorged and a little dosage was added to round off a perfect rosé sparkling wine for whenever the need arises to uplift the spirits or simply celebrate another wonderful day.
As we’re not allowed to, nor would we like to, use the name Prosecco we’ve called our perky pink rosé sparkling wine Circa Rosecco – Rosé + Prosecco = Rosecco,! Circa also means “almost” or “round about” or “there or thereabouts”, so it perfectly describes the entire process of crafting an almost Prosecco, for an almost marvellous varietal truly not known for this style of sparkling wine, but which we’ve proven can craft an exceptional one!
So isn’t it about time you discovered the sheer bubbly pleasure of popping the cork of our Circa Rosecco accompanied by canapés, freshly prepared seafood, subtle soft cheese or an alfresco feast of antipasto platters surrounded by friends, family or random strangers while soaking up the South African sunshine?