The name itself, Sotto Voce, translated from Italian means literally means “under the voice” or “whisper”. The name Sotto Voce was inspired by the “proper” way to open a bottle of champagne or sparkling wine. According to traditionalists, and winemaker Chris Cameron, that subtle ‘fssssszzz’ sound when opening a bottle should be no louder than a whisper, or to be a little more pithy, never louder than a fair maiden’s sigh.
The base wine is the same as our 2018 Limited Release Albarino. The fruit was handpicked from older, quad-trellesed vines. The grapes were in excellent condition offering a balanced ripeness and freshness. This wine was also created in the traditional Methode Champenoise, creating a refined and delicate sparkling wine.
Once the cork is popped, ever so quietly of course, a myriad of dark rich fruit aromas burst from the glass. We normally recommend a few seconds of bouquet appreciation before the first sip, but for this wine, we just can’t wait. Texture and bubbles galore, with ever-lingering cherry, licorice, and red currant leave this wine a little hard to comprehend, but we know you can handle it.
The base wine was produced from the same grapes as our 2018 Limited Release Verdelho, but handpicked at lower sugar levels to ensure no split berries. Most of the base wine was then filtered and bottled for limited release while a very small amount was set aside to create this truly unique sparkling wine made in the traditional Méthode Champenoise.
The base wine was produced from the same grapes as our 2018 Limited Release Grenache Rose. The fruit was harvested at night to retain freshness with an aim for a brighter, more austere style of Rose. The wine was allowed to undergo secondary fermentation in bottle creating the beautiful and delicate bubbles you will experience.