Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera (12pk)
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Grape Variety: 100% Barbera
Winemaker: Danilo Droco
Pack Size: 12 Bottle Pack
Summary: Fontanafredda was established in 1858 and in 1866 they purchased the first Barolo vineyard. Today the vineyard resource across the Langhe spans some of the great sites and most noble varieties. As well as experimenting with alternate varieties and styles for the region. The wines are destined to be fruitful and clean due to minimal handling, larger format oak and fruit form premium vineyards.
Winemaking: the fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks for around 6-7 days at a temperature of 23-25 °C. During this time, the must is pumped over the cap in order to optimize the extraction of the tannins and colour. As soon as the alcoholic fermentation has ended, the wine is racket into concrete tanks for the malolactic fermentation, which is completed by December.
2017 Vintage: the 2017 vintage will be recorded as one of the smallest in almost 60 years, down almost 15% to the year prior. A spring frost and a hail event reduced bunch size resulting in less berries. The warmth of the sun during the drought that followed on from the frost and rains relieved disease pressure and ensured much of the fruit that was harvested in better sites reached optimum flavour ripeness. The wines of this year will be bright, vibrant and for either earlier enjoyment or more medium term cellaring.
Tasting Note: This is a ruby-red wine with purple highlights. The nose is packed with black fruit, especially blackberries and plums, with slight spicy overtones hinting at black pepper and cinnamon. Sweet, soft tannins come together in a closely-woven texture that merges with the fruit, while a crisp fresheness provides a long, tasty finish. This wine is at its best for 3-4 years following the harvest.
Pairing: A perfect match for starters, cured meats and fresh and medium mature cheeses.
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Bottle Barcode: 8000174160021
Carton Barcode: 8000174160076