La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca' di Pian 2014

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About This Wine

This comes from vines aged between 27 and 32 years, grown on a site with a southern exposure on calcareous soils, at an altitude of 300m. The fruit undergoes a week-long alcoholic fermentation in rotofermenters at a controlled temperature. Malolactic fermentation takes place in medium-toasted French oak (part new), where the wine is aged for 12 months. It's then transferred to stainless steel vats for six months before bottling, then rested in bottle for another two months prior to release.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Barbera
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Brand La Spinetta
Vintage 2010

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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