Cantina di Nizza, `Le Pole` Barbera d'Asti
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This wine is a purple-red in colour. On the nose, this wine shows fruity aromas of cherry and blackcurrant which are complemented by notes of fresh-cut roses. The palate is full-bodied with harmonious and smooth tannins.
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 the 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.
Both wines are Barbera d’Asti DOCG. ‘Le Pole’ comes from vineyards that surround Nizza at an altitude of 200 to 300 metres above sea level and are planted on a mixture of calcareous clays and marls. Handpicked in the second half of September, the grapes are transported to and crushed at the co-op. Fermentation lasts no longer than ten days, at a maximum temperature of 28ºC. Malolactic fermentation starts straight after alcoholic fermentation is completed. After a few months, the wine is ready for an early bottling that preserves the vibrancy of Barbera at its best.