Valtellina in Lombardy lies to the north of Piedmont, that most famous region for Nebbiolo. This more northerly position close to the foothills of the alps offers up a lighter interpretation of this famous varietal. Note too that, Nebbiolo goes by a different name in this part of Italy and is known as Chiavennasca.
Dirupi were established in 2004. A small operation of only 4Ha of vineyards set upon very steep terraced slopes close to the Swiss border, which are by necessity worked manually.
They are practising organic (uncertified) - being guided by use of cover crop, low yields, only utilising ambient yeasts in fermentations and very minimal use of sulphur throughout the winemaking process.
The vineyards for the Ole! wine are located in the villages of Sondrio and Montagne at altitudes between 400-450 meters above sea level.
Fruit is destemmed and fermented over a period of 8 days followed by 8 months of elevage in stainless steel barrels. Bottled wines – unfiltered, unfined - rest for a further 3 months prior to release.
The Ole! bottling is an elegant wine with a nose of vibrant red berry fruits and crushed rock. There is a bright acidity on the palette giving it pleasing lift and structure. A great wine showcasing pure Nebbiolo fruit.
Pair with roast lamb, venison, deer.
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