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Le Praielle

Barbera dell’Oltrepò Pavese DOC

Grape variety:
Barbera

Production area:
foothills of Casteggio

Soil:
lime/clay

Vineyards orientation:
SE-SW

Vineyards altitude:
120-160 m AMSL

Training system:
simple Guyot

Average age of the vines:
25 years

Vine density:
4.800 vines per hectare

Yield:
1-1,3 kg per vine

Harvest:
leaf thinning in July. The grapes are hand-harvested in 17 kg crates, carefully selecting the best ones.

Vinification:
destemming and gentle crushing of the grapes. Natural fermentation in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature always kept below 28 °C. 14-day maceration. During maceration, the wine is punched down and pumped over several times. Natural malolactic fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats.

Ageing:
10 months in 25 hl barrels, 6 months in stainless steel vats and a minimum of additional 12 months in bottle.

Sight:
intense ruby red colour with purple highlights.

Nose:
ample, with notes of ripe fruits and hints of spices.

Palate:
full, warm and well-balanced. Good body with elegant tannins.

Ageing potential:
over 10 years

Vintage:
2016

Date of harvest:
September 16th 2016

Date of bottling:
April 4th 2019

2016 production:
3.283 bottles (0.75 l)

Notes about the 2016 vintage:
warm vintage with little rainfall. This didn’t lead to drought stress, but the high temperatures caused a marked decrease in production. The ripening of the grapes was good though.

Analytical data:
– alcohol: 14,61 % vol
– acidity: 6,7 g/l
– residual sugar: < 0,5 g/l
– sulphites: 66 mg/l
– dry extract: 30,7 g/l

First vintage:
1997