Nebbiolo and his shade…
Thursday 19th April
Nebbiolo dinner at Michelangelo, Queen street CBD.
Pouring exclusively “Nebbiolo” Italian wines
Matteo will present 3 dishes paired with 5 glasses of Nebbiolo from Italy.
The pairing will be done by Mastrovincenzo Raffaele, Gourmet Traveller Australia Sommelier of the Year 2016.
Raffaele loves the cuisine and the service of Michelangelo so this collaboration comes quite naturally between Ilaria, Matteo and Raffaele.
Matteo will prepare dishes with complexity, subtleness and regional characteristic which will marriage the choice of wines made by Raffaele.. Ilaria will bring her magical service into the night.
Nebbiolo is definitely the king grape varieties of Italy.
From Northern Italy on the West part, mainly on the region of Piedimonte and Lombardia.
Barolo and Barbaresco are the main Appellation or Denomination which made him “Nebbiolo” famous around the world.
These two denominations are producing cellaring wines to be drunk after a while of the state vintage, long ageing potential and definitely great pleasure with food.
Nebbiolo takes his name from the foggy layer or dust on the skin of the grape; a foggy resemblance.
This grape varieties before release needs time in barrel to give a softened element to the tannin which are the main characteristic of this variety.
Long ageing process result on oxidative notes elements through nose and palate: dry rose petal, violet, licorice and sour red fruit… element of minerality as tar, dusty rocks and leather which come from the calcareous stony bed rock soil of this area.
In this tasting we would like to showcase wines coming from Nebbiolo grape in different areas as well the classic Langhe denomination Barolo and Barbaresco.
In the northern part of Piedimonte there is an area called ALTO PIEMONTE with more heroic viticulture with psophourous, lime and clay soil. The Nebbiolo locally called Spanna is made here, it is still having a great ageing potential, however the different soil and this more austere climate definitely 100% continental, will give to the wines fresh crispy tension acidity but with finer elegant tannin with the core of minerality you expect on the brother Barolo and Barbaresco.
The two denomination we will pour will be Gattinara, a DOCG and the neighbourhood Bramaterra DOC.
In Lombardia region in the north part there is another denomination called Valtellina that perfectly capture the pure essence of Nebbiolo and here the vines are all built on terrace perimeter by ancient stone wall. Soil is calcareous and full active limestone, Nebbiolo locally called Chiavennasca is bright cherry, mineral and silky present tannin.
Cheers & Salute!
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