The English Winemaker. Whole Bunch Barbera d'Asti
Barbera d'Asti DOCG
Available from May 2019 - Preorder now as these wines will be on allocation...
Barbera grapes from the small, top of slope La Quercia vineyard just North of Canelli, Piedmont in NW Italy: the home of the best Barbera grapes.
Hand-picked grapes were vineyard sorted into 2 passes: the first to take the very best fruit for the whole bunch element and the second for very clean fruit for de-stemmed. The grapes were further hand sorted in the winery so only perfect grapes were used. 25% whole bunch, with the balance de-stemmed, were naturally fermented without the addition of yeast in old 500 litre French oak barrels. The fermentation lasted 2 weeks with minimal intervention: a gentle hand plunge of the floating cap of grape skins twice a day only. The wine was left on the grape skins in the barrels for a further 4 weeks. The wine was then gently pressed in a traditional basket press before being rested in stainless steel over the Winter. Bottled un-fined and unfiltered with the minimum addition of sulphur.
Not just classic Bakewell tart on the nose, but a depth of blackberry, sloe, redcurrant and cranberry. There is mouth filling richness and poise from the textural mid-palate. The length is long and bright with a lingering savouriness.