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REGION: Piedmonte, Italy
INFO: Established in 1871, San Silvestro has produced DOC and DOCG wines from its estate winery in the Commune of Novello, in Piedmont.
The Barbera grapes for this ‘appassimento’ method wine come from the northern banks of Tanaro River, in Piedmont. The site was chosen specifically, as the soils are sandy and dry with good mineral content
The grapes are hand-harvested into small, wooden baskets which are then stacked on top of each other to form ‘columns’ and placed in a fruit shed, which provides the perfect conditions to dry-age the whole-clusters of grapes and concentrate the sugars.
Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperatures of 28 to 30°C. Maceration on the skins lasted for two weeks, with daily pump-overs of the cap, ensuring the desired levels of extraction of colour and flavours. 30% was matured in French oak tonneaux of second-use for six months.
An elegant and silky Barbera, with ripe blueberry and cherry jam flavours complemented by delicate toasty notes. The richly fruited palate is balanced by lovely freshness and a velvety texture.