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Massolino Riesling 'Langhe' 2022-Heritage Wine Store Perth CBD Bottleshop

Massolino Riesling 'Langhe' 2022

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  • TASTING NOTE: “From a site in Monforte, situated a 530M above sea level. Concrete tank. On Lees for 19 months. Riesling is perhaps a bit of a white elephant in the Langhe, though it’s not without merit. Rich and limey, stony, a little aniseed. A fairly fleshy palate, a slight petrol thing, some stone fruit in the mix, a gentle chalky texture, and a long and juicy finish. It has richness and intensity, and in short, it’s really good.” 93 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
  • ABOUT THE WINE: Massolino planted three clones of Riesling in 2014 in a cool and windswept parcel in Monforte d'Alba. This plot is rocky and limestone-rich and sits at the hill’s apex at 450-500 metres, just outside the Barolo appellation boundary. Following a few years experimenting with amphora, steel and various types and sizes of oak, the wine is today fermented and raised exclusively in a 5,000-litre cement tank, on lees, for nine months. The use of concrete is hardly commonplace when vinifying Riesling, yet Massolino feels the brightness and energy of the wine merits this approach. It’s hard to disagree, given the coiled energy and purity of this release. Absolutely unique in style (as you would expect of a Langhe Riesling grown on limestone and raised in concrete!), it is a beautiful wine. Expect a characterful, intensely racy wine, loaded with lime, butter and chalky notes. Absolutely delicious.   
  • ABOUT THE PRODUCER: Founded in 1896 by the enterprising Giovanni Massolino—he was the first to bring electricity to the town—the estate is based in and around the town of Serralunga d’Alba, one of the prime sub-zones of Barolo. Today, the keys of this historical estate belong to Franco and Roberto Massolino who work with gifted, ex-Vajra winemaker Giovanni Angeli. Behind Massolino’s rise to the apex of Barolo lies their remarkable collections of Serralunga vineyards, including choice parcels of such famous sites as; Margheria, Parafada and the legendary Vigna Rionda where the Massolino family is the largest holders with 3.5 hectares of vines (two are planted to Nebbiolo) between 40 and 50 years old. Outside of this commune, Massolino also tends vines in the great Parussi Cru of Castiglione Falletto. Massolino’s Barolos sit comfortably among the finest of the region—they are wines of wonderful purity and elegance. The quality strides at this estate over the last decade or so have been truly remarkable with significant advances made, particularly in the vineyards. The Massolino Estate has now been organic for six years with no herbicides used for ten. The evolution of the work in the vineyards over that time has been impressive and is showing through in the wines. The team has introduced more competition through grass cover, and no systemic chemicals are used: only copper and sulphur against mildew and only ‘sexual confusion’ to combat pests. Today the Nebbiolo-based wines of Massolino sit comfortably among the finest of the region—they are wines of wonderful purity and elegance. In one sense they are ‘traditional’ and yet they offer the best of the “old” and “new” worlds: pure, aromatic, textural, deeply flavoured wines that are at the same time precise, vibrant and distinctly regional. Equally important, Massolino’s Barolos are remarkably well priced when compared to the other top producers of the area. Alongside Massolino’s Barolo, we must reserve a good deal of excitement for their early drinking releases that starts with the delicious Dolcetto and runs seamlessly through the Barbera, to basic Nebbiolo before arriving at the top tier wines.
  • COUNTRY: Italy
  • REGION: Piedmont
  • SUB-REGION: Langhe
  • VARIETAL: Riesling
  • WINE STYLE: White Wine
  • WINEMAKER: Giovanni Angeli
  • CLASSIFICATION: Organic Farming
  • CLOSURE: Screwcap
  • ABV%: 13.5%
  • SIZE: 750ml

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