When David decided to make a Barbera, they knew it had to be from Asti, the prized home of the Barbera grape. This Barbera comes from three vineyards, two very close to each other but they vary hugely in age, about 20 years. The other vineyard is from an east facing site as opposed to the other two that face south, and is therefore a much cooler site. 30% whole bunch in the open fermenters for the Barbera. The wine is pressed off to old barriques where it stays for 8 months on lees. Bottling is done without fining or filtration and with very minimal sulphites added.
Aussie Dave Fletcher continues to make his mark in Piedmont. By now he must almost be considered a local as he moves through the vines in and around Barbaresco where he is based. Dave’s ‘day job’ sees him making the wines at Ceretto, while off the clock he pours his time and effort into this, his own label. These wines continue to impress us and even without an Aussie behind the wheel, we feel as though we would love these just as much. They come highly recommended. – Ches Cook, FWC.
The Barbera release provides immediate enjoyment. On first approach it is juicy and red-fruited with perfumed floral aromas and succulent plum and cranberry flavours. Below the surface, spice and a touch of tannic grip revel themselves with savoury tones that lead you to Piedmont. Medium bodied but very persistent with its flavours and length. Very good. – Ches Cook, FWC.