Luigi Pira Barbera d'Alba 2018

$59.99 per single bottle
Size: 750

About This Wine

The wine-making process of Barbera d'Alba takes place in horizontal fermentation tanks with temperature control for 12-14 days. The wine matures over 12 moths, partly in small wooden barrels (barrique and tonneau barrels) and partly in large wooden barrels. Intense ruby red color. The nose is young, complex, well balanced between spicy notes of oak and wild berries. The taste is mouthfilling, balanced and very persistent. It's a full-bodied wine.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Barbera
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Appellation Barbera d'Alba
Brand Luigi Pira
Vintage 2018

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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