In Piemonte, in the Asti province, Barbera has always been “The red wine”, particularly in Monferrato where we can find a trace of the cultivation of this ancient vine variety since the XVI century. It is a territory that offers unique landscapes and cultural scenarios and, because of that, it has been recognized as Patrimonio dell’Unesco since 2014. The Barbera d’Asti is a wine that has been able to evolve through time and find important recognitions on an international base due to the producers’ tenacity. In fact, producers have always believed in this “pop” vine variety, which is also versatile and they have constantly invested in both the vineyard and in the cellar.
Among the Monferrato interpreters there surely is a company that was able to transform the Barbera d’Asti in a distinctive sign of their production, elevating the territory’s reputation in the whole world. Tenuta Montemagno finds itself in the very heart of Monferrato, among 100 territory hectares, 20 of which are dedicated to the wine production. It’s the home of 6 Denominations: DOCG and DOC (Barbera d’Asto, Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato, Grignolino d’Asti and Malvasia di Casorzo, Monferrato Bianco and Monferrato Rosso). Among these, the Barbera d’Asti has its own declensions: Mysterium – Barbera d’Asti superior DOCG – and Austerum – Barbera d’Asti DOCG.
Together we will find out more about these two profound and truthful wines.
The Mysterium Barbera d’Asti Superiore DOCG sinks its roots deep in history. Roots as deep as the 80 years old vineyards where this wine is produced. It is a selection with a willingly limited income: 55 quintals per hectare against the 90 expected by the disciplinary. It is a choice traced in the TM philosophy scar in which the work in the vineyard is endorsed. It is a work that aims to maintain the plants at their best conditions, fully respecting the natural cycles and only choosing the best grapes selection during the grape harvest in order to obtain wines characterized by the lowest sulfite content to grant the salubrity and the longevity of a product that can excite.
“Mysterium perfect in the cellar during 18 months, 1/3 in Barriques of 225t, 1/3 in Tonneaux of 500lt and 1/3 in big durmast Slavonia barrels of 2500lt, plus other 6 months of perfection inside the bottle. So, before being able to taste the Barbera Superiore you have to wait at least 24 months”, says Tiziano Barea, the winery owner, “this wait is rewarded from the very sight exam”.
The name Mysterium is due to a complex tasting scope added to the ancient vineyard’s origins. “On the nose it presents itself with balsamic scents, high cherry notes, licorice, cocoa, earth and persuasive boisé notes. It rolls the palate up with warm and concentrated tones, with a present tannin, but it is never invasive and it has a perfect aromatic persistence. It expresses a unique personality with elegance and it narrates itself like a book which pages are identified within every sip”. Barbera is an eclectic and versatile wine and the ideal combination to taste our Mysterium are not only traditional piemontese dishes – mixed boiled, beef cheek with Barbera reduction. It is perfect with red fruits pigeon but also with bitter chocolate and as a meditation wine.
Austerum is totally different from the Barbera d’Asti docg by Montemagno. The vineyards that give birth to the Austerum etiquette are grown in 1,5 hectares with South – South West exposition with a 25 average age in a full expression of their strength and finesse. The grapes, once they’re harvested manually in their full maturity, can originate a wine that will rest for 6 months in barrique and then continue their perfection in the bottle. Austerum has tasting notes typical of the Barbera d’Asti, universally appreciated for its pleasant mouth and its ductility in cooking combinations. To an olfactory analysis, the intense red color with violet reflexes introduces an intense perfume with cherry, currant, raspberry, mixed berries and green pepper notes. The palate is rolled up with a soft and silky taste with delicate notes of red fruits, currant, raspberries and an intense spicy note with licorice as a closure. The Barbera D’Asti Austerum is also extremely ductile in combinations: from first piemontese dishes – raviolini del Plin, agnolotti with roasted sauce with important condiment. But it is not just that, the most curious palates may also like the passion it has when combined to salted green codfish.
The tasting of these wines must be an emotional experience according to Tiziano Barea: “you will be bewitched by the intense perfumes and the aromas of our Barbere. These wines, like the others of the selection, are born from our effort to innovate, starting from the sulfite standards. To us, wine is Passion, Culture and Tradition that keeps evolving along the road toward innovation”, concludes Barea.