San Fereolo 2010 'Austri' Langhe Rosso DOC
Item Number: 11613
Sub Region: Piedmont
Appellation/AVA: Langhe Rosso DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 95% Barbera / 5% Nebbiolo
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14
Viticulture: Certified Biodynamic
Winemaker Notes: Nicoletta Bocca has been the driving force at San Fereolo since she acquired the property in 1992, during which time she has mastered the terroir of her Valdibà subzone and completed the conversion to certified biodynamic (Demeter). The Dogliani DOCG is home to some of the greatest Dolcetto vineyards in the Piemonte, and this appellation accounts for the majority of the estate’s 12 hectares under vine. The oldest Dolcetto vines were planted in 1936, while the youngest date back to 1978.
Winemaking Notes: While much of Piedmont eagerly pushes the greatest wines to market as soon as they are in bottle, ‘Austri’ is one of two cuvées from San Fereolo that offer a patient alternative. Nicoletta treats the wine with a high degree of respect, allowing it to evolve through 3 years of elevage in large, neutral oak, followed by another 3 to 4 years in bottle. Grapes are picked by hand and brought to the cellar in fifty-pound boxes, after being destemmed and crushed, the Barbera is fermented in wooden vats, without selected yeasts or additives. The temperature is not controlled unless it reaches 33°C. If a vat approaches higher temperatures (33 degrees), the must is racked into tank to cool it down before being returned to the wood vat. At the end of alcoholic fermentation, the wine is soaked on the skins for another four or five days. After removing the wine from the skins, malolactic fermentation occurs through temperature control in the cellar. The wine remains in wood barrels, 7 to 40 hectoliters, for 16 months in suspension on the fine lees and batonnage is performed, with decreasing frequency as the aging period progressed. The wine is then moved into steel for a brief period before bottling.
Terroir Notes: The land is located in the commune of Dogliani, primarily in the vineyard of Austri, with exposure to the southeast to southwest, sheltered from the wind at 400 meters above sea level. The soil is medium textured with mostly limestone, located in the sub zone of Valdiberti. Other small plots are Costabella and Cerri Sottani, with exposure to the south and southwest, located in Valdibà. The vines are cultivated using a simple Guyot, with a plant density ranging from 4000 to 5000 vines per hectare. The plots are cultivated according to the principles of biodynamic agriculture, which foresee a different approach to soil fertility and the use of copper and sulfur in very small quantities.