The vintage began with a mild and a long winter with little rainfall. Budding started in early April, followed by some night frosts. The month ended with temperatures below the average and well distributed rainfall. May was characterized by cool temperatures and frequent rains. June and July were hot and with little rainfall. The development of the vineyard was delayed compared to 2020. In August there were no heat waves. The harvest began on 29th August with the first parcel of Alta Langa and continued at a regular pace along with all the other grapes. Yields per hectare were below the average. The grapes were healthy and with perfect ripening parameters and surprisingly balanced in acidity.
Winemaker: Paolo Giacosa
Grapes: 100% Barbera
Growing Area: Canale, Priocca, Govone, Santa Vittoria
Alcohol: 13,50 % by volume
Food: It pairs with pasta, risotto, roasted meats, cheese and salami.
Colour: Deep ruby red with typical purple hues.
Nose: Wide, vinous with notes of violet, cherry, currant, plum and spices.
Palate: Amazingly fresh, velvety, medium to full body, with pleasant silky acidity softened by ageing in oak and fine texture.
Serving: 16 - 18 °C
Cellaring: 4 - 6 years
Exposure: S, SW
Vines age: 15 - 30 years
Soil: Sandy - loamy
Yield: 9000 kg/ha
Harvests: 100% hand-harvested
Training system: Guyot
Farming practices: Sustainable viticulture
PRE-FERMENTATION PROCEDURES: Grape bunches are hand-sorted on a vibrating table and chilled with carbonic snow to avoid oxidation and reduce considerably the use of sulphur. After destemming, berries are hand-sorted on a second vibrating table and finally softly crushed.
This process is “100% screw conveyor free” to handle grapes as gently as possible.
FERMENTATION PROCESS: The must is cooled to preserve its best characters before fermentation in stainless steel vats at controlled temperature. The maceration is medium acting using délestage for over 18 days.
OAK REFINEMENT: The ageing of 14 months is made in medium size oak casks (2500-4000 litres).
Thanks to the wide aromas and well-balanced taste PAJENA BARBERA D’ALBA is a straightforward, rich, impressive and amazing wine.
We search to enhance the elegance of this very fruity Barbera.