2019 Monte del Fra, Custoza DOC, Veneto Italy
Bianco di Custoza (or simply Custoza), is a white DOC wine from the Veneto region of northeastern Italy. The wine might be seen as the white equivalent of red Bardolino, as the two DOCs' production areas overlap significantly.
Grape varieties 40% Garganega, 15% Trebbiano toscano, 15% Trebbianello,
Location and characteristics of the vineyard Custoza, a small hamlet in the commune of Sommacampagna,
situated to the south-east of Lake Garda.
Average altitude 100-150 metres above sea level. A hill of glacial origin with
limestone, clay, gravelly and sandy soils.
Training system and plant density Guyot with 4,000 to 4,800 vines per hectare. The yield is 2 kg
Harvest Cortese: mid- September. Garganega and Trebbiano Toscano:
first ten days of October.
Vinification Brief cryomaceration prior to fermentation, followed (as for
all the other varieties) by soft pressing and fermentation in
temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks.
Organoleptic description A lightly aromatic dry white wine.
Colour Straw yellow, with pale green highlights.
Nose Fruity, white flowers and green apple.
Flavour Dry, tangy and well-balanced.
Serving temperature 9-10 °C
Serving suggestions An excellent aperitif, but also good with hors d’oeuvres, rice
and pasta dishes, shellfish and fish recipes in general.