Methius Trento Brut Riserva
Complex, Fine perlage, Full, Intense, Long Finish, Soft
Chardonnay, Pinot Nero
Straw yellow with a hint of gold, fine perlage, intense and complex, slightly spiced, with a scent of ripe fruit. Soft, full and long lingering, thanks to a good balanced structure.
The spumante winery Methius was founded in 1986 by two friends who were also oenologists: Carlo Dorigati and Enrico Paternoster.
The cellar where the wine is left to age, in Mezzocorona (Trentino), dates back to the first years of the XIX century. It is built entirely underground with a barrel vault in squared stones. The name Methius is the result of a search for a local toponym referring both to the company's product origin and to its birthplace.
The origin of the name is lost in the mists of time. We know that already in 1150 two hamlets on the Piana Rotaliana bore the names of Methius Coronae (now Mezzocorona) and Methius Sancti Petri (now Mezzolombardo). Methius came from a combination of Celtic and Vulgar Latin.
WINE MAKING: White, with part of the Chardonnay fermenting in barriques AGING: The cuve is prepared in the spring following vintage. Bottling and slow prise de mousse at low temperature. The wine is left to age in the bottle about for 5 years, with periodical re-suspension of the yeasts. It then follows the stage called 'remuage' on the pupitres. Next come the disgorging stage and the addition of the 'liqueur d'expedition'. The spumante so obtained will age for a further 6 - 8 months before it is put on the market.
The winery is situated in the historical centre of Mezzocorona, right in the heart of the town, between Piazza della Chiesa (Franz Joseph Platz) and Piazza San Gottardo, in a typically rural setting.
Initially, the cellar was located in Piazza della Chiesa, but in 1906 it was moved to via Dante 5, where it is still situated today, a few tens of meters from the former premises.
The buildings date back to three different periods in history. The main block was constructed at the end of 1800, another part in 1906 and the last extension dates back to 1955. 1998 saw the restructuring of the existing winery on the ground floor.
The Dorigati brothers’ vineyards are located in Piana Rotaliana, a cone with fine soil features, ideal for viticulture. Over the centuries, the floods of the small river Noce created parcels of land which contained a good quantity of slime, -rich in minerals- , and an excellent power of drainage, thanks to the presence of cobblestones. Teroldego Rotaliano DOC, the principal autochthonous vineyard of Trentino, is found in this strip of land. The ideal climatic conditions together with expert viticulture,and the use of the pergola of Trentino, permit the ageing of high-quality grapes and the production of excellent red wines.
“We firmly believe that the best innovation is the valorisation of the products’ identity respecting the tradition. We think that the care and the attention to the land are essential because the quality of a single wine originates from the vineyard, respecting the natural time. We strive for the equilibrium between plants and land, wine and man. Wine is the result of a unique synergy between the wine grower and the environment. Every wine is a different path, a story, an evolution, which makes it unique. For over 150 years, making wine means this for us”
The cellar is on three floors, the ground floor adjacent to the inner courtyard and two floors beneath ground level. The premises of the ground floor, thanks to the thick stone walls, have a temperature conducive to preservation of the wine without the use of air conditioners, except for the old barn, where the walls are thinner. The two underground floors also create ideal conditions for the storage of wine, with an almost constant humidity and temperature throughout the year.http://www.dorigati.it/en//