How good does barbera get, you ask? This good.
This is about as good an example of barbera as you’ll find anywhere, in fact. Hand-selected grapes are crushed the evening of the day they are harvested, and pressed to stainless steel for ferment. Then the juice is transferred to brench oak ‘botti’ (very large barrels, much like the ones used to the maturation of Barolo) for about 30 months. A final year’s wait, this time in bottle, and the wine is ready. It’s full of all the barbera flavour we know and love, but an almost otherworldly refinement and elegance shapes it. Sour cherries and raspberries, food-friendly acidity and soft, supple tannin, with a streak of licorice and a hint of minerality. It’s supremely classy, and surprisingly smashable.
** Just a heads-up that this is a 3-pack of MAGNUMS, mofos. **
It’s cool, we get it, you want to know absolutely everything about this wine. Well here you go, go nuts.
- Alcohol by Vol.
- Bottle Vol
- Blend Info
- 100% Barbera
- Serving Temp.
From the producer
Purplish red colour with an intense and complex bouquet of red fruit typical of the variety. Full and decisive on the palate, but nicely balanced, with a pleasant, lingering finish.
Our “Nizza” vineyard is at the winery, in Incisa Scapaccino. In compliance with regulations, the yield per hectare must be below 7.0 tonnes, equivalent to 49 hectolitres of wine, but the annual climatic differences can influence this considerably.
After selecting the grapes by hand in the Nizza vineyard, between the first and second week of October, the grapes are crushed in the evening of the same day they are harvested, and placed in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. When alcoholic fermentation has been completed, the wine is transferred to French oak barrels with a capacity of 25 HL, where it ages for about 30 months. After bottling, the wine is left to age in the bottle.
If you’ve never plugged Piedmont into Google images then now’s the time. A northern Italian region that spoons both France and Switzerland, it’s one of the more picturesque wine regions in the world and better yet, the vinos do the dramatic backdrop justice. Piedmont wines benefit from the warmth of the Mediterranean and the chill of the Alps, and the combination of these climates means the valleys will often be shrouded in fog. Behind the fog you’ll find Piedmont’s two superstar wines: Barolo and Barbaresco. Known as the King of Wines in Italy, Barolo in particular is lauded over worldwide but really, there’s more to Piedmont than these two. Aside from juicy, tannic nebbiolo, keep an eye out for barbera, the go-to vino for many Italians.
The rules are there ain’t no rules, but here are some foods we think will work pretty well with this wine...
Peppered steak with creamy mushroom sauce
- 1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
- 4 scotch fillet steaks, trimmed
- 50g butter, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- 200g button mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 150g shiitake mushrooms, stalks removed, thinly sliced
- 4 sprigs thyme
- 2 tablespoons red wine or beef stock
- 1/3 cup thickened cream
- mashed potato and baby spinach, to serve
- Rub both sides of the steaks with cracked black pepper and season with salt. Heat 30g butter in a heavy-based frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook steaks for 2 to 3 minutes each side until cooked to your liking. Transfer to a plate. Cover with foil.
- Add remaining 20g butter, garlic, mushrooms and thyme to pan. Cook, stirring often, until mushrooms are tender. Add wine. Cook until wine is almost evaporated. Add cream. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 1 minute or until sauce begins to thicken.
- Spoon mashed potato onto plates. Top with steak and spoon over mushroom sauce. Serve with spinach or salad.