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Alasia Spumante Brut Rosé

Araldica is Piemonte’s most forward-thinking co-operative, situated in Castel Boglione, in the heart of Barbera d’Asti territory. Here they work with 230 grower members to source quality grapes from around 690ha of vineyards. Many of their members joined the co-operative in the 1950s and have a long and loyal relationhip with the winery. Founded in 1954 by Livio Manera, father of the current Managing Director and winemaker Claudio Manera.

The Alasia Spumante Brut Rosé is an elegant pink sparkler from the foothills of Piemonte. Part of the small but growing traditional Alta Langa appellation – a delightful metodo classico rosé produced solely from Pinot Noir, with extended time on lees. It rests on its lees for 2 months before secondary fermentation in bottle at 12° C. Then the wine spends a further 3½ years on its lees, in a cool underground cellar, to add richness and complexity to the wine.

Pale salmon pink with a fine mouse, savoury aromas with ripe red fruit and gentle brioche notes. Layers of tasty strawberry, raspberry and bready characters give a broad and generous palate with a long, and persistent finish.

Araldica’s 140 associates, farming 900 hectares of vineyards, have obtained the SQNPI trademark – Sistema di Qualità Nazionale di Produzione Integrata (National Quality System of Integrated Crop Management). Wines and vintages that are now fully compatible with this system have a bee symbol on the label, which guarantees that each phase of production has complied with the strict parameters of integrated crop management. In other words, it is sustainable and eco-compatible, certified by an independent third party. Araldica is also developing a programme of organic viticulture.

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