Estate: Pioneering, visionary winemaker Walter Massa works with indigenous grapes in the hills of Tortona in the southeast corner of Piedmont. A real hero of Colli Tortonesi, he is known as the “Maestro of Timorasso” after rescuing the native grape from near extinction in the early 1980’s. He remains the largest producer of Timorasso today. Focusing on native grapes [Croatina, Barbera, Freisa, Nebbiolo] he farms his 22 hectares of 8 distinctive vineyards using organic methods and minimal intervention. [Derthona is the ancient name of Tortona.]
Winemaking: Grapes are from the younger vineyards, with chalky soils with clay and marl. Fermented with wild yeasts in stainless steel, aged in stainless steel.
Tasting Notes: Light gold in colour, with aromas of lemon, white flowers, petrol, and dusty minerality. Lemon, pineapple, green apple, herbs and apricot are glossed by citrus acidity. Pink grapefruit and a nutty streak linger on the flinty mineral finish. Creamy, bright, engaging.
Estate Bottled by Massa