Barbera d'Asti 5 Vignés
Wine name:Barbera d'Asti 5 Vignés
Appellation:BARBERA D'ASTI DOCG
Zone:Montegrosso d'Asti and Costigliole
Vineyard extension (hectares):3.5
Vineyard age (year of planting):Barbera 1954
Soil Type:The soil varies from sandy to calcareous
Colour:Intense ruby red
Nose:Ethereal, supple, with sweet notes of black and red cherry, underbrush berries, slight tones of cocoa beans and of tobacco in the finish
Flavour:Fresh and velvety, very delicate acidity, complex, elegant, pleasant to drink
Serving temperature (°C):17-18
Match with:Pasta dishes and cheese
Average no. bottles/year:2,000
Grape yield per hectare tons:6
The wine is produced from 5 different vineyards with different exposure and different types of soil from sandy to calcareous. The age of the vines is approx. 60 years. Clover and other grasses are sown on the aisles between the rows of vines, only bordelaise poultice is sprayed.
Vinification and ageing
The harvest takes place at the end of September. Fermentation with indigenous yeasts and maceration with the skins for approx. 5-10 days (30% in large oak casks, the rest in steel). The wines from the 5 different vineyards are then blended. Bottling after 12-14 months
Address:Strada Morandini, 11 12053 Castiglione Tinella CN
Year of establishment:1800
Total annual production:150000
Total vineyard extension (hectares):21
Planted varietals and extension (hectares):8ha Barbera 11ha Moscato bianco 1ha Nebbiolo 0.1ha Syrah
Vine training system:
Cultivation method in the vineyard:grass is left on the aisles between the rows of vines
Type of viticulture:In the conversion phase to be certified organic
Harvest period:Mid September/Mid October
The Morando Family has lived in this area since 1580. In 1988 the major part of the bordering land was purchased and at present the vineyards extend for 21 hectares in the best zones for the production of the various wines: i.e. Castiglione Tinellla for Moscato, Montegrosso and Costigliole d'Asti for Barbera and Neive for Barbaresco. Paolo supervises all work in the vineyards, while his brother Giulio is responsible for the wine-making.
The Morando brothers’ Moscato is perfection: it has the richness that thoroughly satisfies coupled to a fragrant freshness that prevents cloying; and the bouquet transcends Moscato with unique nuances of sage and mint.
In this estate strict organic practices have been utilized for over 30 years, in fact chemical pesticides and fertilizers are banned in favour of sulphur and copper base products, manure and compost. Leguminous plants are sown on the aisles between the rows of vines and biological control is normally used against some kinds of pests. Furthermore, Giulio and Paolo Morando closely collaborate with the University of Turin, where their uncle Albino has taught viticulture for many years, and a considerable amount of research work is carried out at La Morandina. The estate is now in the conversion phase to be certified organic.
The estate offers two wonderful Barbera d’Asti, Barbera Varmat and Barbera Zucchetto, both issuing from very old vines: husky and riddled with spice, these are pure examples of this rich soil, originating from the Miocene Epoch during which the Alps continued rising from the sea (fossilized shells can be found in the ground). The vines of the Varmat cru are prephylloxera and are 100-120 years old.
Giulio and Paolo also make a regular Barbera d’Asti and a stunning single vineyard Barbaresco, “Bricco Spessa” (a cru in the township of Neive), made from 70-80 year old vines, mainly Nebbiolo Michet.