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Botter, Gran Passione Bianco 2018
Garganega 60%, Pinot Bianco 40%
A lovely floral wine with hints of vanilla on the nose. On the palate it is dry, crisp and fresh with ripe fruit flavours which balance out the acidity perfectly.Â
Garganega and Pinot Bianco are cultivated in alluvial territories close to river Piave. The grapes are harvested separately during the first ten days of September. The Garganega is fermented at a temperature between 14and 16C in barriques, followed by a refining of 4 months. Whilst the Pinot Bianco is fermented in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature and the refining involves frequent batonnage. Post fermentation the wines are blended and spend a short period of time in stainless steel before bottling.
The Botter story began in the early 1900s and is one of continuing success. Carlo Botter, a farmer by origin, left the fields and began to act as broker of wines. He would send his casks of wines to the best inns in Venice and the zone around the Piave, navigating by the internal canals of the area. He began to construct cellars of his own and to buy the best lands available. By the 1950s they were exporting to regions outside of the Veneto and by the 1960s they began exporting their own wines to other European countries. Producing a fantastic selection of wines including a Pinot Grigio from the La di Motte farming complex where modern production facilities and vinification techniques are employed together with an exceptional microclimate yielding fruit of premium quality. Casa Vinicola Botter is an exclusively family run business and it functions with a Swiss efficiency and Italian soul.