Fletcher Langhe DOC Nebbiolo 2020
Adelaide-born Dave Fletcher is a self confessed Nebbiolo addict. So much so that shortly after falling in love with Nebbiolo in 2006, Dave moved to Piedmonte in 2007 to explore his passion for Nebbiolo, and has since produced an outstanding range that is both characteristic of the Piedmont region and innovative in itself. Time spent making wine and absorbing local knowledge at Ceretto have only served to deepen his love of the region and it’s great wines. Now the proud owner of, and making wine in the old train station in Barbaresco, Dave’s passion has reached its pinnacle, and the wines show it! Produced in very small quantities, we are very excited to have a small allocation this year.
Previous releases were classified as Nebbiolo d’Alba. The change of appellation was necessary as David added for the first time in 2020 grapes from his younger Nebbiolo vines that he planted in 2016, just opposite the winery in Barbaresco. Italian law states if you are using grapes from inside Barbaresco or Barolo that are not being bottled as the DOCG equivalents the wine then becomes Langhe Nebbiolo if you are blending with other zones, in this case Roero.
The wine comes from 3 communes – Barbaresco, Scaparoni (close to Alba) and Monta in Roero. Langhe Nebbiolo can have up to 15% other grapes but David likes to use 100% Nebbiolo. As David expresses “It’s another way to teach someone about Nebbiolo”.
100% destemmed. Open ferment, very little plunging, every 2 to 3 days. No post ferment soak. Old wood. 300ltr hogs head. Elevage for 12 months. It can in fact be aged in any way (ie wood or steel) but he likes to use wood as it helps with the natural oxidation/softening of tannins.
The Finer Details
Style - Red Wine
Varietal - Nebbiolo
Country - Italy
Region - Langhe, Piedmont
Vintage - 2020
Bottle Size - 750ml