Carpene Malvolti Prosecco di Conegliano Extra Dry NV
The Carpene Malvolti Prosecco di Conegliano Extra Dry is the original Prosecco and still considered the best. Created in 1868 after many years of experimentation with thousands of Italian grapes by Antonio Carpene. This remarkable Prosecco has won numerous awards around the world including the IWSC trophy for best Prosecco and the IWSC Gold Medal.
This is one of the reasons this Prosecco tops the list of most fine restaurants and is one that should be experienced by everyone. Made in the same way as Champagne but without any of the biscuity characteristics or acidity levels, this makes it the ideal Prosecco to drink on it's own and is one of the reasons why it sells so well at weddings.
The history of Carpene Malvolti is important if you want to understand the origins of Prosecco. There were two families who both loved wine, specifically sparkling wine from Champagne. Antonio Carpene decided to found a winery in 1860 and spent 5 years in the Champagne region learning everything he could about making this amazing sparkling wine. The Malvolti Family were the accountants who kept a close eye on expenditure and ensured the business was viable.
Carpene then spent 3 more years testing around 4000 different Italian grape varieties before he made the all important decision that the Prosecco grape was the best varietal to make Italian sparkling wine. This Prosecco grape was also known as Glera and is known by that name to this day, however Glera didn't have a good ring to it so the sparkling wine known as Prosecco was born.
The two best areas for growing Glera are Conegliano and Valdobbiadene and these are still regarded as the best. The Carpene and Malvolti families still make the original and best Prosecco and have four generations of their families history tied up with this superb sparkling wine.
The grapes are swifty taken to the winery where they are first de-stalked and then gently pressed to ensure only free-run juice is extracted. The must is then fermented in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures between 18-20°C. Refermentation then takes place in pressurised tanks, again at controlled temperatures. The penultimate touch is the addition of local yeasts which are used for the pise de mousse. The sparkling wine obtained is the centrifuged prior to being bottled under vacuum.
This Extra Dry Prosecco has fine and continuous bubbles, the wine is fruity and appealing with a floral and fresh fruit bouquet and a lemony finish. This is a superb sparkling wine to serve by the glass at any occasion. The fact that this is an Extra Dry Prosecco doesn't actually mean it is a dry style, Extra Dry m,eans it is sweeter than the Brut style which is actually the driest form of Prosecco
Everyday Serving Suggestion
Carpene Malvolti Prosecco is ideal as an aperitif and excellent with fish dishes and throughout the meal
Bronze (DWWA 2011), Bronze (IWC 2011) Trophy for best Prosecco 2012
Country / Region / Appellation
IT / Veneto / Congliano Valdobiadine DOCG
Grapes - 100% Glera
Vegetarin/Vegan - Yes/Yes
Milk/Eggs - No/No
Contains Sulphites - Yes
ABV% - 11%