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Cantina di Nizza, `Magister` Barbera D’Asti Superiore

Cantina di Nizza, `Magister` Barbera D’Asti Superiore

Founded in 1955, this co-operative is comprised of 200 members with 550 hectares of vineyards around Nizza Monferrato. This is an excellent area for Barbera, which constitutes over 60% of the grapes that are harvested and crushed by this co-op. In Alba, the best sites are given to Nebbiolo, but in Asti this privilege is afforded to Barbera. Director and winemaker Giovanni Chiarle oversees all aspects of production and is determined to make wines that fully express the quality of the grapes that he harvests.

Vineyards

Grapes for this wine come from Nizza Monferrato and surrounding areas. Vineyards are south / south – west facing at 200-300 m above sea level and soil is calcareous clayey marl. Vines are planted with Guyot system and they average 10 to 30 years of age.

Vinification

After careful selection of the grapes, fermentation was carried out for about 10 days at a controlled temperature of 28°C in stainless- steel vats. Malolactic fermentation took place in the same tanks, just after the end of the alcoholic fermentation. The wine was then racked in large Slavonian oak casks for six month before bottling.

Tasting Notes

This wine has aromas of plums and cherries and hints of dried fruit from the ageing process. The wine has a rich and supple palate with a refreshing acidity and high concentration of flavours.

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