Ca dei Frati I Frati Lugana 2021
Region: Lugana, Lombardia, Italy
Bottle size: 75cl
This wine is a pale yellow in colour with a concentrated but fresh perfume of white flowers, peaches, spice and candied fruits. The `I Frati` has excellent depth and balance and a crisp, saline finish.
The secret to the success of the Cà dei Frati wines is outstanding vineyards. Most producers in the zone overcrop and train the vines high. At Cà dei Frati the vines, which are between 10 and 35 years old, are trained low on single or double Guyot systems. The newer vineyards have a higher density of planting and yields are well below the average for the zone. In Lugana, Turbiana is grown on the glacial soils just to the south of Lake Garda. The warmer days give wines with more weight and intensity than those from 60 kilometres to the east. The cool nights, thanks to the moderating influence of the lake, ensure the grapes retain aroma and acidity.
The Dal Cero family has transformed their Ca’ dei Frati property, situated on the southern shores of Lake Garda, into a model Italian estate over the past two decades. Back in 1987, they had 12 hectares of vineyard but now, following the purchase of a large area of prime vineyard sites in 2008, they have over 200 hectares. This increase in quantity has been matched by an increase in quality, and today they remain the best producer in Lugana.