Massolino Barolo 2016

Massolino Barolo 2016

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A svelte, well-balanced Barolo from this outstanding vintage. Fruit forward and approachable in its youth. Great drinking.

 

Bright ruby-garnet in colour with intense perfumes of dark fruit and a touch of cloves with a savoury, herbal note. On the palate it is full-bodied yet elegant, with plenty of robust but ripe tannins supporting the dark, dried plum and autumn compote fruit character and balancing the acidity. Long and fine, with perfumes of roses and violets on the finish.

Producer: Massolino

Region/Country: Piedmont, Italy

Grape/s: Nebbiolo

Production Method: Sustainable farming. Fermentation and maceration lasted approximately 15 days at temperatures between 31-33ºC. The wine was matured in large oak casks for 30 months followed by a year in bottle before release.

Style: Full-bodied yet elegant, with plenty of robust but ripe tannins. Long and fine, with perfumes of roses and violets on the finish.

Pairing Suggestion: Red meats, richer Italian dishes, grilled meats and vegetables

Variety: Nebbiolo

Profile: Nebbiolo is an extremely finicky variety, and has rarely been successfully grown outside its traditional home in Piedmont, Northern Italy. This is unfortunate, as it is an extremely high quality variety, perhaps second only to Pinot Noir in terms of allure. Fortunately we are now seeing some high quality examples emerging from Australia. The wine is typically intensely aromatic, developing the most extraordinarily haunting bouquet in which, variously, roses, autumn undergrowth, woodsmoke, violets and tar. These continue onto a palate defined by high acidity and robust tannin structure which can make it occasionally challenging in youth. Nebbiolo is a variety which can age handsomely, with a softening of structure and increasing complexity.

Classic Regions: Barolo, Barbaresco, Langhe, Alto-Piemonte (Italy), McLaren Vale, Yarra Valley (Australia)

Massolino

This 23 hectare estate has been in the Massolino family since 1896. In recent years, the style of the wines has undergone a subtle transformation. The vineyards, with vines up to 60 years old, are in the commune of Serralunga d'Alba: the source of some of the greatest, most structured and longest-lived Barolos. Franco decided to use screwcap after blind tastings with different closures resulted in his Langhe Nebbiolo showing best when bottled under Stelvin Lux.