The Del Bono Brothers are a phenonmennon! From vineyards located in the Franciacorta zone of Lombardy, the brothers make sparkling wines with zero additions (save for the Liqueur de tirage) that arrive from densely planted, organically farmed vineyards that have never seen a synthetic Herbicide or Pesticide Sprayed on them in their history. Aurelio Del Bono takes his inspiration from his time working for Anselme Selosse (Avize, Champagne) by producing wines with greater fruit ripeness than the rest of the zone, resulting in a wine that is aromatically generous and opulent but that finishes with laser like presision from lack the lack of Dosage.
Although located in the Franciacorta zone, the brothers have renounced the DOCG denomination in order to create wines uninhindered by it and that reflect the purity of the landscape in which they farm. They farm 7 hectares, spread between the areas of Gaina, Dovecote and Persaga, which are idyllically located in the limestone rich soils of the East, on steep slopes with suitable exposure. No sulphur nor dosage is added to the wines at any stage, ferments are wild, and the wines are kept on lees for an extremely generous time (up to ten years). If you enjoy lively Pet Nats but with the complexity of Great Grower Champagne, then these wines are for you. If you like wine that tastes like fruit and minerals instead of oak, yeast and alcohol, then these wines are for you. We are so excited to bring these incredible wines to the shores of Australia.
2015 Casa Caterina Cuvee 36 Blanc
Incredibly vibrant fruit, smells like crunchy green apple over citrus. Aromatically opulent and generous it is expansive but in the mouth finishes so clean, pure and taught, due in part to no dosage being added to any of the Casa Caterina wines.
2015 Casa Caterina Cuvee 36 Rose
Incredibly vibrant fruit, smells like wild strawberries and intensely perfumed roses. Aromatically opulent and generous it is expansive but in the mouth finishes so clean, pure and taught, due in part to no dosage being added to any of the Casa Caterina wines.
2015 Casa Caterina Zero Blanc
Whilst traditionally a sparkling wine region (and producer) this is a still wine that is, with all Hyperbole aside, the most exciting wine we have tasted in the last 2 years...100% Chardonnay, picked 6 weeks after the sparkling grapes, and spending 6 days on skins, it is just awe-inspiring in its uniqueness, opulence, and down right amazement...The Del Bonno brothers have found a new primary colour in the world of wine. Genius!