Our cuvée ‘For England’ is a wine created in homage to the historical labels of our winery. In the 1920s sparkling wines had much more residual sugar, which the British didn’t fancy, so Contratto created the region’s first dry-style wines we called “Reserve For England Extra Dry”. Today, we produce two cuvées in a similar style, including this rosé. Like our vintage ‘Pas Dosé’, this cuvée has no dosage or added sugar, which further highlights the beautiful floral and berry characteristics of this 100% Pinot Nero sparkling wine.
The Pinot Nero grapes for our rosé are all harvested by hand, with rigorous selection in both the vineyard and upon arrival in the cellar. After de-stemming, the grapes are crushed without pressure, with only the free run juice obtained for production. Primary fermentation occurs in stainless steel followed by tirage 9 months after the harvest date. The wine is further aged in bottle on fine lees for at least 42 months, with only hand-riddling occurring before disgorgement. The resulting cuvée has a striking bright pink color with hues of orange. The aromas are complex with notes of dried red fruits and distinct mineral, smoky tones. This is an intense, fresh and mouth-filling cuvée that is ripe and destined for food pairings including charcuterie and richer seafood dishes.
Press Notes :
Our newest vintage, 2017, is yet to be released nor reviewed
2016 vintage - 94+ points, Robert Parker Wine Advocate – “The Contratto 2016 Alta Langa Metodo Classico Rosé Pas Dosé For England shows pretty color saturation with an elegant pink hue and hints of shiny copper. This wine made exclusively with Pinot Noir offers a heavier center of gravity and more fruit weight, with spicy and tonic beading on the close. This more full-bodied style allows for plenty of orchard fruit, crushed mineral and some baked bread.” – Monica Larner