Brezza Barolo Sarmassa 2011
White rose, camomile, tarragon and sloe on the nose, pure, deep muscular wine, deep damson and sloe with rose, liquorice and spice. A remarkable, full wine that balances delicate nuances with real power, the purity of Nebbiolo is uninterrupted by oak, a very beautiful wine.
Sarmassa is a historic ‘cru’ (vineyard), considered by elders of the region to be every bit as good as Cannubi. The soils are white marl, relatively free of sand and infertile, known locally as ‘tov’. This is especially prized in hot years for its excellent water retention, a quality that puts vines under less stress. Brezza owns land on the Vigna Bricco side. There the wines are famed for expressing a solid, classical character.
The vineyard is at an altitude of three hundred metres and faces south to southwest. The vines (Lampia and Michet) were planted in 1941 and 2000 using a traditional Guyot system at a density of 3700 plants per hectare yielding around 60 hectolitres per hectare.
The grapes are handpicked in October, de-stemmed, crushed and fermented in steel tanks using native yeasts. This takes between eight and nine days with frequent pumping over, the wine is then taken off the skins and goes through malolactic fermentation in steel tanks after which it is moved to 30 hectolitre Slovenian oak botti where it remains for a minimum of two years. Then the wine is tasted to determine an appropriate bottling date. Once bottled it is kept for a further year in a temperature controlled cellar at about 15°C. 7460 bottles produced.
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product Brezza. Barolo 'Sarmassa' 2011 product code / SKU IRP165 region Italy - Piemonte (Piedmont) vintage 2011 bottle size 75cl alcohol level 15 - 20% body full colour red sugar level dry grape Nebbiolo