La Spinetta Langhe Nebbiolo DOC 2017

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About This Wine

The fruit comes from La Spinetta’s Campè vineyard in Grinzane Cavour. Fermentation takes place over seven to eight days in rotofermenters at a controlled temperature. Malolactic fermentation and initial maturation takes place entirely in medium-toasted French oak for 12 months.

The wine is transferred to stainless steel vats for two months before bottling without fining or filtration, then gets another two months’ ageing in bottle before release. The wine has a light red colour typical of Nebbiolo. This has musky aromas of strawberry, tobacco and wild herbs. It's sweet and spicy in the mouth, with good grip and firm acidity to the flavors of strawberry and mint, aromatic and elegant.

In the glass, this wine shows the light red color typical of Nebbiolo. On the nose, it offers aromas of dried rose petals and dark fruits such as plums and blueberry. The palate is full-bodied, chewy and rich with dusty tannins and a juicy, yet elegant, finish.

Ideal with grilled food, sauced and roasted red meat and wild game.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Nebbiolo
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Brand La Spinetta
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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La Spinetta Langhe Nebbiolo DOC 2017

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