Fontanasanta — Nosiola 2020
A Wine That
is for lovers of savoury white wine, and it's also a wine for wine geeks. Fancy trying an ancient Italian variety that's rarely seen these days, but which has become one of the hallmarks of Italian natural wine? This is your bottle. Think chamomile and that intoxicating smell of dried hay in the summer, with just a touch of apricot. A delight for food pairings.
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- Winemaker: Foradori
Where and How?
This comes from a three-hectare vineyard of the ancient Trentino grape variety, Nosiola. The Foradori family explains that it expresses itself intensely in poor soil vineyards, cultivating wines of great delicacy and longevity. Farmed biodynamically.
For the winemaking, to extract as much of the flavour found in these grapes as possible, Elisabetta decided to experiment with skin maceration, as this is how Nosiola was made in the past. It would alter her way of thinking entirely, and today you can find many skin contact wines sleeping in their cellar.
This wine fermented naturally, and stayed in contact with the skins for eight months in 'tinajas' (Spanish clay amphorae). Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
The Winemaker: Foradori
Elisabetta Foradori is an institution in herself. A winemaking powerhouse. The OG keeper of the Teroldego grape, Elisabetta is largely responsible for the preservation and diversification of the variety.
These days, Foradori is a family affair. In recent years, Elisabetta was joined by sons Emilio and Theo (who LITTLEWINE spoke to for this article) and daughter Myrtha. They now help to run the estate and have brought to the table, as Elisabetta did back in 1984, a fresh perspective on biodynamics and permaculture, which enables the winery to keep on evolving—just as it has done since 1934.