Botter Prosecco Spumante Non Vintage (1x 75cl)

This Prosecco is one of our best sellers and the reason is easy to see – it’s both great and great value. It’s crisp without being too dry, is pale in colour and has delicate yet complex flavours with fruity notes that remind of peaches, green apples and flowers. Wonderfully fresh and light.

Bottle Size: 75cl
Country: Italy
Region: Veneto
Grape Variety: Prosecco
Availability: 16 in stock
Delivery: Next day when ordered by 12pm
Product Code: ITVE0194BNVS
£10.60
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