Grape Varietal: 100% Nebbiolo
Growing Region: Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Chief Winemaker: Danilo Drocco

The picturesque vineyards of Fontanafredda sit on contoured hillside slopes at altitudes between 200-400 metres. The composition of the mainly calcareous soil can change within the space of a few meters, sometimes containing as much as 50% sand and other firmer soils, with a higher content of silt and above-all clay. At Fontanafredda, beneath the vaulted brick ceilings, the oak casks and stainless steel tanks accommodate their noble red wines.

 

While the newer buildings are equipped with all the technology essential to bring out the best characteristics in their white and sparkling wines. Danilo and his winemaking team blend tradition and innovation, with that of experience and modern technical - to ensure that each parcel retains its unique personality and express each vintage respectfully.
The 2007 vintage was a warm, dry year in Piedmont, with Danilo having ripe, healthy grapes from the hillside vineyards. Traditional fermentation was carried out for an average of 8-10 days in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures of 30-31°C with the cap frequently pumped over. The ‘must’ is then left on the skins for several days to optimise the extraction of the polyphenolics and to help with malolactic fermentation.
The wine was aged for at least 2 years in large oak casks, sourced from Slavonia and France, followed by 12 months further development in the bottle before release. The result of this lengthy ageing, has crafted a complex, full-flavoured and well balanced wine with good structure and capable of withstanding the tests of time.
In the glass this Barolo has an inviting dark shade of cherry colour with garnet highlights which have started turn with time. On the nose the wine has a vibrant and energetic bouquet, packed with intense dark fruits, with typical hints of wild flowers, dried spice and earthy notes. All held nicely together by the wines fine soft tannins and well integrated oak. On the palate the wine has a warm and inviting character, with a smooth texture and a lingering well-balanced finish. Decanter for 30-45 minutes and serve at 16-18°C.

A classic Nebbiolo wine with an approachable nature.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this season; and will age gracefully for another 4-5 years.

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with Piedmont’s classic mushroom risotto, roast lamb or pasta with a meat ragout, enjoy.