Langhe, Freisa, 2015

  Azienda Agricola 499

Lovely bright garnet colour, clear and juicy fruit - hedgerow berry, red cherry and plum mixed with savoury touches of herb and sap. There is plenty of fruit and flavour here, great freshness and lovely supple tannins. Harmonious, refreshing and deeply satisfying. From a vineyard at 470 metres altitude planted on chalky/sandy soils. Aged for 2 months in used oak cask followed by 8 months finishing in steel tanks. 2500 bottles were produced.

Contains Sulphites.

About Azienda Agricola 499

499 is named after the altitude of Camo where the winery is based, a village at the top of one of the Langhe’s highest vineyards. This is an artisanal project set up in 2012 by vineyard manager Gabriele Saffirio and winemaker Mario Andrion (also winemaker at Castello di Verduno.) Their mission is to create high quality renderings of two forgotten Piedmontese varietals, Moscato and Freisa, and to do so in a sustainable manner to preserve the soils, hills and biodiversity of the land with minimal intervention. Their six hectares of vineyards are all situated at around 500 metres altitude planted on chalky / sandy soils, from which they make 15,000 bottles. The Freisa, from a west facing vineyard, after temperature-controlled fermentation is aged for 2 months in used oak vat and finished for 8 months in steel tanks. A purer, more drinkable and faithful rendition of this wonderful Piedmontese variety you would be hard pressed to find.

Appellation: Piedmont

Piedmont sitting at the foot of the mountains is justly regarded as one of, if not the finest wine growing region in Italy. The noblest grape found in the region in undoubtedly Nebbiolo, with the DOCG's of Barolo and Barbaresco at the forefront of production. Barbera and Dolcetto come in second and third, and being earlier ripening are often found located on those sides of the hills that receive less sunshine. The wines from Piedmont are intrinsically food friendly wines, a fact understandable given the culinary strength of the area.

Grape Type: Freisa

Freisa is a black-skinned grape variety native to the Piedmont wine region of northwestern Italy. It is used to make red wines of various styles, from sweet and still to dry and sparkling.