So you all know by now we’ve got some pretty amazing wines in our line up, but some are a little more fun than others when it comes to their packaging. Meet Barbera da Vine, our sexy new Barbera from Piemonte, north-west Italy. If you’ve yet to experience Barbera, you can read more about the variety here.
Inspired by the bomber art of the 40’s and 50’s, the Barbera da Vine character was created to mirror the personality of the wine. Sexy – but attainable, Italian, always good with food and the perfect conversational partner. Barbera da Vine is a little bit cheeky, vivacious and very fruity. Her tone of voice allows a little innuendo and just a like the pin-up characters of the 40’s and 50’s – would certainly raise blood pressure along with a few eyebrows.
Graham Wharmby, Winemaker
“I’m on a ridge in the Italian Piemonte Hills, waist deep in picture-perfect vineyards – I think I’ve found Barbera. She’s looking good, I need to know more. I try a little squeeze, Wow! This isn’t just Barbera, this is beautiful Barbera. Such intrigue. Vivacious and approachable, whilst underneath she’s as serious as a lightening strike! She’s warm, generous and… ooh, I want to say minerally, spicy, savoury, you get the picture. She’s deliciously graceful, vividly pretty and then she delivers that cheeky whip-crack of high-heeled acidity – I’m convinced! I took a lot of care with her… I think you’ll love her.”
Fruit is sourced from a number of growers with mature Barbera vineyards. Most of the fruit comes from around the town of Nizza in the heart of the Barbera d’Asti zone.
A detailed selection of the best grapes is made at harvest. Following the alcoholic fermentation a proportion (10%) of the fruit is matured in second and third year oak barriques for around 12 months whilst the remainder is aged in large Slovenian ‘Botte’. The two components are blended to give complexity and depth.
Barbera da Vine vividly displays all the best characteristics of this delicious variety. Impressively deep colour, almost black at the heart; …spicy notes of salami skin on the nose subtly underpin the rich cherry fruit aromas whilst the generous ripe fruit and that vibrant acidity combine to give the ‘oh-so-drinkable succulence’ to the wine. Barbera just has to be THE food wine bar none!