This wine is sourced from 100% Cru vineyards. Similar to the Burgundy model (but not exactly the same) by blending the two Cru’s David declassifies as a ‘simple’ Barbaresco DOCG. All the wine in this bottling is from Cru classified vineyards. In 2017 it’s 60% from Roncaglie Cru and 40% from Starderi. It’s a small production, with David sourcing 0.3 hectares from Roncaglie (the whole Cru is 13 hct) and another 0.3 Hects from 2 different vineyards in Starderi.
The two Cru’s give of course differing characteristics to the overall wine. David explains that Roncaglie is picked significantly later than Starderi, South West facing, a little more shaded so longer hang time & more ferrous soils = Dark fruits, more masculine tannin. Starderi is South facing, ‘classic’ Barbaresco soil of sand, silt and clay but full of Calcium carbonate/Calcareous given the village was formerly the seabed. It offers elegance, spice and a red berry profile. - Importer Note
Dave Fletcher is the under-the-radar Aussie winemaker, producing some of our favourite Nebbiolos from Australia and Piedmont. Not a bad achievement! Dave's love for Nebbiolo pushed him to seek a harvest gig at Ceretto, one of the top producers in the Barolo region of Piedmont. Years of hard work in the cellar paid off and now Dave is in charge of all red wine production at this famed estate, as well as creating his very own eponymous label.
His wines range from beautifully gentle, contemplative expressions of Nebbiolo, to more modern, vibrant wines such as his Barbera, made in a similar style to the wines of Beaujolais. He even makes a skin contact blend of Arneis and Moscato - a style rarely seen in the region.
We get modest amounts of his wines each year and have recently received his latest Italian Nebbiolo offering.
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