Description: In Piedmontese folk tradition, ‘masca’ means witch. There are good and bad witches (masche). The ‘masca di bosch’ is the one who lives in the woods, perhaps hidden in a cliff, with a grumpy character, a bit wild but not evil, therefore lively even if secluded. A little bit like Chardonnay, the noble French grape which adapted greatly in Piedmont over the last few years, that gives interesting sparkling wines, and can also be made 100% from the grape, slightly fizzy or still wine such as our Le Masche Piemonte doc Chardonnay.
Harvest: During the beginning of September, the grapes are harvested always in the morning in order to preserve their integrity until they arrive at the winery during the day.
Vinification: The entire grapes are soft-pressed and the clear must is separated from the cloudy must thanks to a static decantation. The alcoholic fermentation takes place in reduction in stainless steel tanks at a temperature controlled from 15 to 17 °C and lasts for about 20 days.
Ageing: After the alcoholic fermentation, the wine goes in temperature con- trolled stainless steel tank at around 6 °C to avoid any malolactic fermentation and stays for about 6 months. Then, the wine remains in the bottle for 3 months prior to be released.
Pairings: Fish and seafood starters, beef tongue with salsa verde, stuffed vegetables, white meats, smoked salmon.
Serving temperature: 8-10°C