Langhe Rosso Ultimi Grappoli 2012
RICH FULL BODIED RED
Langhe is a territorial Denomination which includes 54 communes of the Langhe and the Roero geographical areas. This denomination allows the winemaker to make single variety wines or blends with indigenous grapes as well as international varieties (i.e. Chardonnay or Cabernet). From the same vineyards of Nebbiolo, for instance, a winemaker can source grapes for both his Barolo and his Langhe wine. Compared to the other stricter Denomination of the Langhe region (i.e. Barolo or Barbaresco), the Langhe Denomination gives a certain degree of freedom to the winemaker in terms of type of grapes that can be used, vineyards location and wine making techniques. This is therefore a Denomination that has greatly stimulated the imagination of the Langhe winemakers including Giorgio’s and Giovanni’s Viberti at Cascina Ballarin.
It all started with an experiment at Cascina Ballarin. Over twenty years ago, during the harvest Giorgio and Giovanni decided to let the grapes of a few row of vines of their Nebbiolo and Barbera over-mature for extra few days reaching an high degree of sugar and concentration of the juice. “Ultimi Grappoli” in English translates as lust clusters; they are indeed the last grapes harvested in the season. After several vintages, this wine is now one of the most appreciated of the estate, with a remarkable fruity and rich palate.
Vineyard of origin: La Morra
Plants per hectare: 5000
Altitude: 250 metres a.s.l.
Vine training technique: guyot
Age of vines: 10-40 years
Yield per hectare: 50 quintals of grapes/ha
Soil: limestone – blue marlstone
From a weather perspective, 2012 was not an easy year with Nebbiolo grapes seeing a 20-30% drop in production. The winter was one of the coldest and wettest in decades, with abundant snowfall, that postponed the vegetative cycle. Late in the spring and in the summer temperatures were above the average whereas grapes in September benefitted from sharp day and night temperature changes. The 2012 vintage is not to be remembered as one ot the best, however, they have balance, elegance and fragrance with fruit and savoury elements.
Vinification: traditional in temperature controlled tanks
Ageing: 18 months in barriques
Further ageing: 12 months in the bottle
The bunches are left on the vine to overripe - “Ultimi Grappoli” in Italian means last clusters - giving a thick and powerful body.
Deep red colour, rich bouquet of plum and wild berries, ripe and pulpy cherry. Remarkably fruity palate with delicate tannins, full-bodied with a lovely finish.
Excellent with big dishes: red meat, mature and medium-mature cheeses.
Grape: 50% Nebbiolo - 50% Barbera
Winemaker: Giorgio and Gianni Viberti
Alcohol (ABV): 14%