Medium Body, Dry (Barbera). Alc 16%.
BARBERA D’ASTI D.O.C.G. SUPERIORE
A single vineyard expression of a classic north Italy grape.
There are many styles of Barbera (from within Piedmont and also outside the region) but perhaps the two most recognisable are Barbera d'Asti and Barbera d'Alba. This wine, being a Barbera d'Asti DOC, could be expected to offer a lighter and fresher character compared to one from Alba, but thanks to the age of the vines and the stricter regulations for the Superiore category (alcohol and ageing) you can expect this particular wine to show a more complex and deeper side to Barbera d'Asti. Pair with smokey dishes like BBQ or try with a roast, or my personal favourite - duck confit :)
ESTATE: The family-run Ferraris estate is located in Asti, within the Castagnole Monferrato appellation. Winemaker Luca Ferraris ages his boutique wines in a deep cellar that was first built in the 1400s and then expanded and finished by Luca's grandfather. He believes in five elements that characterise his award-winning wines - sun, earth, warmth, scent and aroma. The heritage of the Ferraris estate lives on through the respect Luca shows for both his grandfather's teachings and the land itself.
WINE: The highest expression of Barbera, “Viti Centenarie” is obtained from very old vines that produce small and sparse clusters, ideal for producing opulent and concentrated wines. Intense, impenetrable color, with deep ruby reflections. It offers the nose with broad and intense aromas of ripe fruit, black cherry and plum jam, which blend well with floral notes of rose, violet and toasted and balsamic hints linked to aging in wood. In the mouth it is elegant in every aspect with an exceptional persistence. It is a wine that can age very well for at least 10/15 years. Excellent with meat dishes and medium-aged cheeses.
LEARN MORE: Follow this link to a podcast by Wine For Normal People that's useful for understanding more about the grape BARBERA!
MEET THE WINERY: Click here to read more background on this family-run estate.
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