What makes Cartizze so special?
First of all, the slope. The vineyards here face south, so they get maximum sunlight exposure. And with the slope being so steep, the denser cool air falls to the bottom, resulting in a warmer microclimate among the vines. This all helps the grapes to achieve even greater levels of ripeness compared to the rest of the DOCG area, making for an even more opulent fruit flavour in your glass.
The vines of Cartizze are also planted at relatively high altitudes, rising to over 1,000 feet above sea level. The grapes benefit from the cool air that descends from the mountains at night, helping them to retain their freshness.
The soil is also unique; a shallow mix of marlstone and white sandstone, which together with the temperature and the grapes, add up to give a pale gold, sparkling liquid that gleams in the sunshine. It smells and tastes like a medley of freshly cut peaches, pears and apricots, decorated with rose petals and flaked almonds. A well-chilled glass of Cartizze is a magical thing.
So is Cartizze Prosecco better than Prosecco DOCG?
This question largely depends on the producer and your personal preference. The grapes are certainly guaranteed to be premium quality, but the wine is a different style. Naturally, with riper fruit comes more sugar, so Cartizze is typically slightly more fruity than regular prosecco. That said, most are still classed as Extra Dry or Dry. If you’re scratching your head at the fact that sweet can be called dry, check out our article which includes a guide tothe sweetness levels of prosecco. It’s probably the most confusing wine there is for labelling!
When to drink it and what to eat with Prosecco Cartizze
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If you do get your hands on a bottle of Cartizze, don’t wait for the occasion; just crack it open! Not all wines are meant for ageing and Cartizze’s juicy fruit flavour is best enjoyed straight away when it’s at its most fresh.
An ‘Extra Dry’ Cartizze is best enjoyed with some salty snacks or cured meats. If it’s ‘Dry’, have it with some creamy blue cheese or a frangipane tart and if it’s ‘Brut’, then try it with fish or some spinach and ricotta pasta. Salute!
Top Producers of Prosecco Cartizze include:
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