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Cruva

Vintage 2016

2016 was certainly one of the longest-lasting vegetative cycle in recent years. In fact, from the end of February throughout March, the temperatures dropped and there was plenty of rain. The “late” cold led to a delay in the phenological phases of about 10 days. This delay was made up for during the months of August and moreover in September. Full ripening was achieved in all cases and wines show excellent balance, big bouquets and great structure. The good quantity allows 2016 to be remembered as an outstanding vintage.

Wine details

Vintage: 2016

Winemaker: Paolo Giacosa

Grapes: 100% Barbera

Growing Area: Monferrato area in the Asti Province nearby Nizza Monferrato

Alcohol: 13,50 % by volume

Food: It pairs with pasta, risotto, roasted meats, cheese, salami and typical Bagna Cauda.

Characters

Young Aged

Light Bodied

Sweet Dry

No oak Oak

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Deep ruby red with typical purple hues.

Nose: Wide, elegant, fresh, rich in scent of small red fruits, violet and ripe grapes with very pleasant hint of spices.

Palate: Fine, fresh, medium to full body, very well-balanced with silky acidity and long spiced finish.

Serving: 15 - 18 °C.

Cellaring: 4 - 6 years.

Vineyard Information

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

Winemaking Information

PRE-FERMENTATION PROCEDURES: Grape bunches are hand-sorted on a vibrant 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 vibrant 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 REFINING: The ageing of 14 months is made in medium size oak casks (2500-4000 litres).

The difference is...

CRUVA BARBERA D’ASTI is a contemporary traditional Barbera surprising for its very well-balance body and silky acidity.

Thanks to the soil and a meticulous execution, this wine provides a spicy enjoyment easily pairing a wide range of dishes.

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