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Fausto has a pale yellow colour with aromas of hawthorn blossom, pear and apple leaf. Its distinct mineral backbone is rounded out by lovely warmth and fresh acidity in equal measure. Well structured, it has an attractive, persistent finish.
Colli Tortonesi Timorasso DOC Fausto
Vigne Marina Coppi was established in 2003 in the town of Castellania, the birthplace of Marina’s father Fausto, one of the greatest cyclists of the 20th century. The family has taken the traditional heritage of the area and applied a modern approach in the winery to produce wines of excellent quality. The estate has concentrated on the native varieties of Timorasso, Favorita, Barbera, Nebbiolo and Croatina and works on a small scale with four hectares of vineyard to ensure the quality of the vines shows through. Parents Marina and Giovanni work closely with son Francesco and his wife Anna, using sustainable methods in the vineyard and employing great expertise in the winery.
The vineyards are situated, mid-slope, at 400 metres above sea level in an ideal micro-climate that is protected from the cold northerly winds. There are marked diurnal temperature ranges, as well as distinct seasonal differences, along with one of the lowest rainfalls in Piemonte. The grey/light blue soil is called Marl of Sant’Agata and comprises 55% clay, 15% limestone and 30% sandy deposits. This wine is dedicated to Fausto.
The grapes were hand harvested in the early hours of the morning to preserve the fresh aromas of the varietal. The grapes were softly whole bunch pressed, and then the cold must was racked to stainless steel tanks for fermentation, which took place at 15°C. No malolactic fermentation took place in order to retain the acidity in the final wine. The wine matured on its lees for 10 months in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks with manual bâtonnage. The wine was bottled in July then aged in bottle for a further nine months before release.