Oltretorrente Bianco Colli Tortonesi 2019

16.50 (13.20 excl. VAT)

Mineral and slightly aromatic. A good balance between freshness and
complexity.

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Additional information

Overview
Type

White

Grape variety

Cortese, Favorita, Timorasso, Moscato and more…

Place

Colli Tortonesi, Piedmont

Certified organic

Vineyards are certified

Certified biodynamic

No

Terroir & farming
Soil composition

Calcareous limestone and clay

Age of vines

30-60 years old

Training system

Guyot

More about terroir, farming and production

Vineyards are situated in a windy location on steep hills and north+south exposures.

Production methods
Destemming

No

Maceration

10% of the grapes was macerated for 5-6 days

Malolactic fermentation

Yes

Time on lees

10 months

Ageing

7 months in 500 to 3000 liters stainless steel tanks

Other interventions
Adhere to the Libre.vin codex (https://libre.vin/codex)

Filtering

No

Fining

Yes (bentonite)

Use of fermentation starter (pied de cuve)

No

Temperature controlled fermentation

Only avoiding temperatures higher than 20°C

Additives to protect newly picked grapes

Yes (carbon dioxide)

Additives or process for microbiological stability

Yes (sulphur dioxide)

Added lactic bacteria

No

Racking

Yes (by pump)

Use of new wood

No

Added sulphites before bottling

Yes

Other additives used

No

Other processes used

No

Analysis
Alcohol (% vol.)

13

Residual sugar (g/L)

0.65

Total acidity (g/L)

5.40

Total sulphites (mg/L)

50

Free sulphites (mg/L)

11

Basics
Bottles produced

8,000

Date of bottling

March 27, 2020

Volume

75 cl

Closure

Two-dishes cork

Tips & tricks
Decanting / oxygenation

Not much needed

Serving temperature (°C)

14

Food pairings

Fried fish

Save left-overs for tomorrow

Yes

Potential for ageing

More than what even we expected

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Other notes from the winegrower

Quick-tasting possible?

Yes

About the domaine
Name of domaine

Oltretorrente

Winegrower

Chiara Penati & Michele Conoscente

Winemaker

Chiara Penati & Michele Conoscente

Country

Italy

Region

Piedmont

Subregion

Colli Tortonesi

Hectares cultivated

7

Organic certification

Under conversion (vineyards are certified)

Biodynamic certification

No

Natural wine association

Adhere to the Libre.vin codex (https://libre.vin/codex)

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Oltretorrente is a small, independent, artisanal, family-run, boutique winery set on top of the smooth hills of the Tortona region, in Piedmont.
It was 2010, after several years spent in working for other more conventional wine realities, when my husband and I decided to start our own wine adventure.
The Oltretorrente estate covers now 7 hectares where we have been protecting and maintaining very old vines planted even a century ago (five hectares of vineyards are 20 to 100 years old), in order to make wines that can embody all the history and biodiversity they come with. The vineyards face both North and South and have an altitude of about 300 meters; their slope is such that we can only use a caterpillar tractor and when it rains too much we have to reach the plants on foot.
Our big aim is a balance between saving and preserving the legacy old farmers left us and making high quality wines from these old vineyards with an organic approach, which is the best way to express the history, the soil, the identity of this area.
We decided to harvest each cru separately to preserve the characteristics of the different environments with fermentations, macerations and ageing that are not standardized by grape variety and not the same every year.
Old vines need more work during pruning to correct their system of growing in a way that promotes vine longevity instead of grapes production, posts are often weak and must be substituted and of course yields are lower, but nothing more than the original genotypes of the area (instead of clones from nurseries) can give an authentic expression of terroir, by wines that are unique and not reproducible elsewhere. DOC legislation considers yields that are double-sometimes three times the ones we choose to have from our vineyards (3 to 6 tons per hectare instead of 12).
Since we started our activity we have always worked to restore natural soil fertility by planting grass in soils that were hoed for many years and so kept without any grass at all. After having physical and chemical analysis of the soils, we diversified herbal essences among vineyards. Organic agriculture would allow us more use of copper than what we do but our desire is to approach biodynamic agriculture and so we are diminishing the quantity of copper per hectare every year (Steiner philosophy has also always been our belief in the fields of human medicine and pedagogy). We have to say that it is not too difficult to follow this path because the area of Colli Tortonesi is naturally quite healthy from vines diseases and with a strong vocation for vineyards production.

 

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