Conteisa, 2013



Conteisa is the more ethereal and approachable of the two 2013s today, exhibiting silky red cherries, marzipan, freshly cut mint and marine, rocky spices. Graceful on the palate, with crisp fresh tannins, it will be approachable over the medium term and age gracefully for decades. From parcels in the Cerequio vineyard.

Contains Sulphites.

About Gaja

Angelo Gaja is Barbaresco's most revered winemaker, and our last Italian release of the calendar year. He is both Barbaresco's flag-bearer and a tireless individualist. Unquestionably a breakaway renegade, yet he is now seen as the embodiment and essence of what is meant as top-class Barbaresco. It was back in 1967 that Gaja first bottled his single Cru nebbiolo San Lorenzo, followed by Sori Tilden and Costa Russi in the '70s, instigating something of a new direction for Barbaresco’s wine making. Flying in the face of the D.O.C.G. rules did nothing to dampen the spirits of his followers, and it didn’t take long for his relentlessly expressive wines to gain international repute among wine collectors. Today his wines rank amongst the very finest the world has to offer, with global devotees and huge critical acclaim. Over the years Angelo has travelled far and wide through the wine growing regions of the world, always returning to his beloved Barbaresco a little wiser and with fresh ideas. He is the ultimate craftsman, producing Cru wines in tiny quantities that bear witness on an individual level to the exact terroirs they come from. Small barrique maturation lends an elegance that for years was seen as innovative, yet is now considered the touchstone. Vibrancy, incredible concentration and breeding characterise these wines.

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 Blend: Nebbiolo | Barbera

The two most famous red wine grapes of northwest Italy are frequently blended together in Piedmont. Nebbiolo, the forceful and noble grape of Barolo and Barbaresco, is considerably softened by the addition of Barbera - the Merlot to Nebbiolo's Cabernet . Such blends tend to be more approachable in their youth than straight Nebbiolo. Barbera adds cherry flavors to Nebbiolo’s distinctive strawberry, and the high acidity of both ensure the wine is fresh and rarely flabby. Depending on the blend ratio, Nebbiolo/Barbera blends may be more fruit or herb-focused on the palette. Nebbiolo’s aromas complement Barbera’s profile and together they form a harmonious blend of structure and fragrance.