Margheria magic

Margheria magic
Azelia’s Barolos largely fly under the radar, but it was no surprise to us when they made the top five of The World of Fine Wine’s Barolo 2013 tasting with their magical rendition of Margheria. The mix of meticulous vine-growing, traditional wine-making and outstanding vineyard parcels have made for an exciting combination.

Saline, fresh and with great definition and elegance of fruit, this is an exhilarating Barolo of great character and purity. From a prime south and south west facing 55-year old plot in the Serralunga d'Alba commune planted on white clay and limestone soils, it is aged in the traditional way for 28 months in large Slavonian oak casks – "botti."

Andrew Jefford was a particularly effusive taster, awarding it 95 points, the joint second score in the entire tasting:

“Clear light red. Lots of roasty ripe fruit here; earthy, sweet, and deep behind, with some felty vegetal complexities. Just a hint of green, but it works very well here, freshening and layering the aromatic profile. Vivid, fresh, grippy palate; plenty of ripe fruit. This is an attractive and well-constituted wine that takes the ripe profile of the year and expresses it in a compelling and generous manner. It’s mid-weight yet long and may well acquire further aromatic refinement with bottle age. Impressive—and hugely enjoyable, too. A long way to go." The World of Fine Wine, issue 59