Bansella Nizza, 100% Barbera – Prunotto (75cl) DOCG Piedmont
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Grape: 100% Barbera
Producer: Alfredo Prunotto founded his business in 1922, and was one of
Piemonte’s most dynamic exporters until his retirement in 1956. The
company passed then to Prunotto’s friend Beppe Colla, now a revered
winemaker and one of the founding fathers of modern Piemonte.
The quality of the top wines goes without saying, but the rest of the
range is made with equal aplomb. The style is modern without being
exaggerated: freshness of aroma and approachability of structure are
viewed as positives, but copious new oak is not. Indeed, the only wines
that see the inside of a brand new barrique are the outstanding single
Vineyard: Grapes come from vineyards planted on light coloured soil, rich in
calcareous material of marine origin, with a strata . This area is itself
part of the warm Nizza sub-zone, which gives the ripest, highest-quality
Barbera in the Asti region.
Winery: Upon arrival in the cellars, the grapes were destemmed and crushed.
Fermentation took place at 28ºC with a seven-day maceration period.
After being run off its skins, the wine completed its fermentation, and its
malolactic fermentation as well, before the end of the year. It was then
aged for nine months in sixty-gallon oak barrels, second and third-fill,
Taste: Rich flavours of plums sit alongside notes of violets, chocolate, and
liquorice. The palate is full, yet balanced, with supple tannins and a fresh,
savoury finish from the sleek vein of acidity.
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