Cigliuti Barbera Serraboella 2016

$49.99 per single bottle
Size: 750

About This Wine

100% Barbera from 25-year-old vines on clayey soils on the Campass vineyard in the Serraboella cru, 350 m above sea level. Fermented in steel vats at controlled temperatures followed by 18 months maturing in new and second-use French oak barriques.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Barbera
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Brand Cigliuti
Vintage 2016

Wines of Piedmont

In the North-Western corner of Italy, with a backdrop of the visually stunning Alps, Piedmont is a great place to visit for wine tourism. It is also home to some of the most sought-after wines in the country.

Nebbiolo is the region’s most prestigious grape variety, a red variety not seen much in Australia. Wines made from this grape are powerful with remarkably high levels of tannins but a balancing acidity. The Piedmont region offers the grapes with a reliable autumn fog that provides a cooling effect which is particularly beneficial to the growth of Nebbiolo. This pre-harvest fog (“nebbia” in Italian) is actually where the grape’s name comes from. The fog is vital in that it prolongs the time spent on the vine and allows the grapes to achieve full ripeness.

The most famous examples of Nebbiolo come from the appellations (subregions) of Barolo and Barbaresco, known for their ability to age well, firm tannins and distinct smell of tar and roses. Barolo is a big tannic expression of Nebbiolo, while Barbaresco only about 15km away makes a more elegant style. Barolo wines are generally the more expensive of the two and are known to cellar for decades.

By volume however, Barbera is the most planted red grape in Piedmont. This grape makes a juicy, low tannin but high acidity easy-going red. Perhaps somewhat like a lighter style Shiraz.

While there are quite a few white varieties planted in the region, the most notable is Moscato d’Asti, made in a sparkling style in the Asti subregion.

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The Wine Front – Bold style here. Spicy oak, dark chocolate and dark cherry, floral perfume and a little new leather and lift. It’s medium to full bodied, ripe and full of flavour, with grainy tannin, a certain juicy tang, and a fair old finish.

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Antonio Galloni/Vinous – The 2016 Barbera d'Alba Campass emerges from a single parcel within the Cigliuti family's Serraboella's vineyard. Dark, juicy and explosive, the 2016 hits all the right notes, with tons of intensity and exceptional overall balance. Aging in French oak, 50% new, gives the wine soft contours while bringing out the best of this fruit. Lavender, mint and violets round out the dark, super-inviting finish.

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