Conterno Fantino Barbera d’Alba DOC ‘Vignota’ 2018

$58.99 per single bottle
Size: 750

About This Wine

From a selection of Monforte's finest vineyards: Ginestra, Mosconi, Pajana, Bussia and Ornati. Some of these are old vineyards, with most replanting taking place in the early 1990's. Barbera is given prime vineyard location, mostly on windswept crests at about 280 metres on sand /silt soils. Aged 10 months in second use barriques, the wine is a deep purple with an intense nose of violets and cherries; a seductively fruity palate with marked acidity, a hint of new wood and a long finish.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Barbera
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Appellation Barbera d'Alba
Brand Conterno Fantino
Vintage 2017

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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