Montalbera, Ruche di Castagnole Monferrato La Tradizione 2018

£16.00

  • Type:

    Red

  • Grape:

    Ruche

  • Country:

    Italy

  • Grape Blend:

    Ruche 100%

  • Region:

    Piedmont

  • Vegan:

    Yes

  • Area:

    *****

  • Organic:

    No

  • ABV:

    14.00%

  • Winemaker:

    Luca Caramellino

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Tasting Notes

Pretty ruby-red with slight violet reflections. Wonderfully aromatic nose-intense, persistent, fruity with hints of rose petals and violets and raspeberries. Delicate fresh, elegeant on the palate, with fruits and flowers following through. Pleasing tannins on the finish.

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  • Critics Reviews

Pretty ruby-red with slight violet reflections. Wonderfully aromatic nose-intense, persistent, fruity with hints of rose petals and violets and raspeberries. Delicate fresh, elegeant on the palate, with fruits and flowers following through. Pleasing tannins on the finish.

Enrico Riccardo Morando�s family estate in Castagnole Monferrato, Montalbera, is famous for its production of the relatively unknown but indigenous variety, Ruch� di Castagnole Monferrato, known as the 'Red Prince of Monferrato'. Found in seven neighbouring villages within the Asti province in Piemonte, Ruch� refers to both the DOCG, which was granted in 2010, and the variety. The origin of this grape is unknown but it is thought that it was introduced by the Haut Savoie. Its extraordinarily attractive red fruit bouquet with floral hints and elegance secured its place on the Astrum list at the first sip. We are delighted to have these incredible and unique wines from Montalbera, and also to stock our first ever Ruch�. The winery is found at the highest point of the DOCG at 270m above sea level and is completely surrounded by the estates vineyards, meaning the vineyards have a range of different exposures and soil types. The vineyards cover six entire hills, which dip down into a valley cultivated with the traditional Piedmontese hazelnut. The vines vary in age from 7 to 30 years, and are trained in low Guyot trellises. All agricultural work is done by hand. With a total of 175 hectares, 82 hectares are planted with Ruch�, which comprises 60% of the entire production of this appellation. Other planted varieties are Barbera d�Asti, Grignolino, and Viognier.

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