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Foradori Manzoni Bianco 'Fontanasanta'

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The hills above Trento with their clayey-calcareous soil host Manzoni Bianco and allow the grapes to ripen in late September. Thus this variety, born from the cross of Riesling to Pinot Bianco, manages to express the character of the vineyards of Fontanasanta. Its ability to evolve over time requires patience; Fontanasanta Manzoni Bianco is a wine that will begin to reveal itself fully after two or three years from vintage.
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Origin:
Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige
Vintage:
2014
Alcohol:
12%
Volume:
750 ml
Grape Varieties:
  • 100% Manzoni Bianco
Colour:
White
Certifications:
Organic & Biodynamic
Details:
Foradori Manzoni Bianco 'Fontanasanta'
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It is difficult to describe Elsabetta Foradori without conveying her determination, passion and dedication. Just after graduating from oenological school in 1984 she took over the family estate, dedicating all her efforts to restoring the Teroldego grape to its former glory.

The vineyards are located on the Campo Rotaliano, an alluvial plane nestled in the Dolomite mountains: the Teroldego planted on sandy, pebbly planes and the white varieties Manzoni Bianco & Nosiola on the marly, calcareous clays of the hills.

She converted the estate to biodynamic farming in 2002, and since then every gesture and every decision in the vineyard and in the cellar are dictated by nature's rhythms and cycles.

Manzoni Bianco:

Due to widespread pest and disease attacks that left European vineyards in a deep crisis from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century, numerous researchers concentrated on the genetic improvement of grapevines through hybridisation and breeding. 

In 1924, at the Scuola Enologica di Conegliano Veneto, professor Luigi Manzoni (1888-1968) began a series of experiments that lasted until the mid-thirties and that led to the registration of a number of clones derived from the crossing of various varieties. 

Manzoni Bianco (IM 6.0.13) is certainly the most successful of his results: obtained by crossing Pinot Blanc with Riesling, it is now present in nearly all the Italian regions and is particularly widespread in Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Trentino. 

Despite its remarkable ability to adapt to very different climates and soils, Manzoni Bianco thrives in hilly areas with a clayey-calcareous soil. In this environment, it generally produces small, short clusters with medium-small grape berries that are yellow-green and have a very pruinose and consistent skin. 

An interesting balance between body and flavour and a good acidity characterize the wine. The patience needed to wait for its evolution is rewarded with an appreciation of its deeply mineral character inherited by Riesling, coupled with the smoothness and the floral scent of Pinot Blanc. 

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