Prosecco has experienced unprecedented success in the UK market over the past 5 years. Sales just seem to grow and grow and grow. In the past three years alone, this sweet, affable, relatively inexpensive Italian fizz has surpassed Champagne as the UK’s No 1 sparkling wine, and according to retail analysts IRI, the UK market is now worth £365m a year.
Produced in north-east Italy around Treviso, Prosecco has become austerity Britain’s ideal affordable luxury fizz. But unlike Champagne, which undergoes a secondary in-bottle fermentation, giving it a yeasty complexity, Prosecco is fermented in huge tanks, then filtered to produce an easy drinking sparkling wine.
While supermarket own-brands are significant players in this boom, there are some excellent premium Proseccos out there like Adriano Adami.
Adami Garbel Prosecco Brut NV, Treviso, Veneto, Presa di Spuma Feb 2017
Garbel means fresh, dry, in the local Treviso dialect. A pale citrus yellow, this is a serious 11 Abv Prosecco made for drinkers looking for precision, purity and complexity in their wines. The nose is super fragrant and pure with crushed gravel, limestone, white citrus, crunchy green apples, pears, and lemon rind complexity. There are no confected notes here, just fine white citrus fruits, white blossom, and a dry, vibrant fresh finish that lingers with great purity and subtlety. A near perfect fruit / acid / minerality balance.
(Wine Safari Score: 91/100 Greg Sherwood MW)