Difetto Perfetto Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore 2017
Wabi-sabi is a concept in Japanese aesthetics centred around finding beauty in the transient and the imperfections. It’s the flaws that make something unique. If something is perfect or complete, can it ever truly be magnificent?
That’s also the idea behind Difetto Perfetto, meaning ‘perfect flaw’. This is a fleeting Prosecco, made in tiny quantities. It will change each vintage and it hasn’t been ‘completed’ in quite the usual way, creating a unique and beautiful experience.
Most Prosecco is made in pressurised tanks, following a method devised by Federico Martinotti in 1895 before being clarified until crystal-clear. Difetto Perfetto, however, is briefly fermented in tanks before being filled into bottles, where it undergoes a second fermentation much like Champagne. The spent yeasts, called lees, are left in the bottom of the bottle (a style often called ‘Col Fondo’ meaning ‘with the bottom’) where they impart spicy and toasty notes, plus a creamy texture. Unusually, those lees are left in the bottle resulting in a hazy wine; gently inverting it like a snow globe will enhance the buttery and spicy flavours and cloudy appearance.
In fact, this is really two wines in one. Pour it carefully and the sediment stays in the bottom, giving a crisp and fresh wine. Gently shake it to mix the sediment though, and you get something richer and creamier. We love to pour the first glass as a refreshing aperitif without disturbing the sediment, then gently swirl the bottle and enjoy the fuller style with food. Dramatic, floral and fabulous; this old-vine, natural style will appeal to fans of the cult Pét-Nat movement and might change the way you see Prosecco forever. It’s perfection in our eyes.
Difetto Perfetto was made in Valdobbiadene – home to many of Italy’s finest sparkling wines – by the talented Bronca sisters, also creators of our bestselling Harvey Nichols secco.
£2.53 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 2822606
Style No.: 706619
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