Late Harvest Malbec, Susana Balbo
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StyleFull & Opulent
This splendid 7 hectare hillside estate is situated in the small town of Lessona, near Biella in northern Piemonte. It passed into the De Marchi family through their relative, Felice Sperino, a passionate viticulturist and professor in Turin. Paolo De Marchi is the winemaker and owner of top Chianti Classico estate, Isole e Olena, and he inherited Proprieta Sperino from his grandfather. Since the 1970s, Paolo has dreamed of revitalising the Sperino estate and in the last few years has started doing so, together with his elder son, Luca. They plan to increase the area under vineyard to 8 hectares in the future. The climate here is more moderate than in the Langhe, with milder winters due to the protection provided by the Alps to the north. The sandier soil, which is among the most acidic in the wine producing world, together with a longer growing season, gives wines which are less burly and structured than those from the Langhe. The wines are vinified in the old, gravity-fed cellar which dates back to the beginning of the 19th Century. Fermentation took place in squat, open upright oak casks. Maceration lasted 3-4 weeks with regular punching down of the cap. The wine was aged in a mixture of new and old barriques (225L), puncheons (500L) and 15 hectolitre casks for 18 months. Bright and youthful in the glass, this wine has lifted, clean aromas of cherries and plums. The palate offers supple, approachable tannins which are balanced by attractive fruit and a long finish.