Nebbiolo 2016
Les Crêtes
Region: Val d’Aosta

Tasting Notes

Bright ruby in the glass with cherry, plum and balsamic notes on the nose. The palate is juice, precise and savoury. Elegantly structured with red cherry, crushed strawberry and star anise alongside fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity.

Nebbiolo is the grape variety behind the top-quality red wines of Northwestern Italy. Nebbiolo wines are distinguished by their strong tannins, high acidity and distinctive scent, often described as ‘tar and roses’. Sensitivity to terroir is one of Nebbiolo’s trump cards, but also its downfall. It is famously picky about where it grows, requiring good drainage and a long, bright growing season.

Surrounded by the Alps, the Valle d’Aosta is home to the highest elevated vineyards in all of Europe. The region is divided into three main vineyard areas: the upper valley,Valdigne; the central valley; and the lower valley. Most vineyards in the Aosta Valley occupy the steep, south-facing slopes above the Dora Baltea river, a tributary of the Po. The dramatic topography and diminutive size of the valley mean that the area available for viticulture is limited. Much of the valley floor, with its mineral-rich, well-watered soils, is simply too fertile for quality viticulture. As a result, many of the best vineyards here are on the lower slopes, and climb steadily up the slopes to top altitudes of around 1300m above sea level.

The Arnad and Issogne vineyards, located in the South-West of the valley, are comprised of glacial, alluvial sediment. The vines average 30 years of age and are trained in the French Guyot method.

The fruit is harvested manually from the end of October to the beginning of November. Gentle pressing followed by a 20 day fermentation in stainless steel. Aged 12 months in 2500 litre barrels.

Wine Type: Red

Variety: Nebbiolo

Classification: DOC

Orientation: South-East/ North-West

Appellation: Aosta Valley

Gradient: 350 masl

Soil: Glacial, alluvial sediment

Farming Practices: Sustainable

Residual Sugar: N/A

Alcohol: 13.5

Malolactic: Yes

Botte Size: 750 ml

Acidity: N/A

Other Practices: Sustainable