Prato di Canzio, Maculan’s “rediscovered wine”
Fausto Maculan and his daughters, Maria Vittoria and Angela, present Prato di Canzio: a great white wine produced by Maculan winery from 1978 to 1996, and now again from the 2017 vintage.
Abandoned due to the fashion for monovarietals, this great white wine developed for very long ageing has finally been brought back to life. The name “Prato di Canzio” alludes to the ancient name of Breganze, probably a Roman town, praedium Cantii. We tasted three vintages: 1981, 1987 and the latest release 2017.
Scents and emotions of the young version
The oldest is the best: rich in aromas (grass and alpine flowers, almonds, mandarin and not a hint of oxidation), silky on the palate. The 1987 was also great. The thirty-year younger Prato di Canzio is pure Aristotelian potentiality: to evolve, it will have to trust to patient wine enthusiasts to store it for at least 5-10 years in ideal conditions. Today it is a concert of citrus fruit, apple and grapefruit, with underlying vanilla, great nose-palate symmetry, where spices, white-fleshed fruit and smoky notes follow through onto the palate. At this stage, the grape varieties of origin are still recognisable: Chardonnay (50%), Vespaiola (30%) and Sauvignon (20%).
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