Like the better-known Prosecco, Col Fondo is an Italian sparkler that must be made with a minimum 85% of native grape Glera. Rather than create bubbles in steel tanks, however, these more traditional versions undergo second fermentation in the bottle. They aren’t disgorged, either” these wines are bottled on their lees.
The yeasty residue leaves a fine sediment on the bottom, fondo in Italian, which imparts complexity and intense flavours, including Alpine herbs, apples, mineral tones and citrus notes. Col Fondo has less exuberant bubbles than its tank-fermented sibling, and, as such, is classified as frizzante.
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Notes on the producer
Malibran sits within this region of the DOCG in the well respected town of Susegana that lies just south west of Conegliano. A perfect spot full of rolling hills of vineyards and overlooked by the impressive Castle of San Salvatore. Malibran is a producer focused on quality rather than quantity, that values people’s enjoyment of the wines over simply making another sale.