One of the great attributes of the Barbera grape is its versatility.
From this grape variety you can create equally intriguing whites, rosès, medium bodied reds and complex, full bodied wines able to compete with the finest in the world.
The Barbera d’Asti DOCG Superiore Sichivej is a great example of such a Barbera. Creating this wine requires intense effort, a painstaking labor of love starting in the vineyards and ending in the bottle. The grapes are harvested manually, with a delicate pressing to obtain the purest juice. Fermentation occurs at 30°C temperature with selected yeasts followed by a rather long extraction. (Remontage) is performed every 7 days, until the sugars are exhausted and alcoholic fermentation is complete. The malolactic fermentation starts just after and is accomplished at 20°C. Following several stages of decanting for clarification, the wine is aged in small 300 liter Ezio Rivella selects and utilizes French oak barriques produced in Italy with a particular toasting procedure and texture. The wine is aged in barrique for 9 months and bottled at the beginning of spring without any filtration in order to preserve its concentration and structure.
|Grape Varietal:||Barbera 100%|
|Production Area:||Castagnole delle Lanze, Asti District|
|Soil:||Clay and mix rich soil|
|Growing System:||Long Cordon Spur|
|Density:||5000 vines per hectare|
|Age of the Wines:||15-20 years|
|Alcoholic Fermentation:||In temperature controlled stainless steel vats for 10-15 days|
|Malolactic Fermentation:||Part in stainless steel vats, part in 300 liter French oak barriques|
|Ageing:||9 months in 300 liter French oak barriques|
|Refinement:||15-18 months in barrique|
|Residual Sugar:||1.0 g/l|
|Total Acidity:||5.6 g/l - tartaric acid|
Colour: Intense ruby red with light garnet reflections
Bouquet: Ripe and seductive, with spices from the barrel that give an attractive richness to the nose.
Taste: Ripe forest fruit, velvety on the palate and full of character.
Food Pairings: The body, richness, and complexity of this wine pairs well with bold flavors such as grilled meats, rich pasta dishes, and flavorful cheese.
Serving Temperature: 18-20°C