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The Society's Generation Series Orvieto Classico 2023

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Part of our Generation Series of wines made for our 150th Anniversary, this was made especially for us by brothers Bernardo and Nicolo at their family estate Barberani in Umbria. It has a wonderful nectarine, apricot and lime-scented nose, with preserved lemons and floral notes holding the tension and line on the elegant and refreshing palate. For a video message from the winemaker, and for more on the story of this wine, please scroll down.
Price: £12.95 Bottle
Price: £155.00 Case of 12
In Stock
Code: IT39571

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 1 - Bone dry
  • Grechetto
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2027
  • 12% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Cork, natural

Generation Series Orvieto Classico 2023

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This wine is an unusual blend of Orvieto, picked two weeks apart. The first half, picked at the start of the harvest from grapes grown on ancient alluvial deposits, has tension, citrus notes and a salty finish. The second part was picked two weeks later and has more richness, showing the riper fruit profile of that the grechetto grape can achieve. Blended exclusively for us, this complex wine has great balance with a fresh line, nectarine, lime and apricot fruit, and a floral, saline finish.

Barberani is one of Umbria’s most respected producers, famous for its clean, pure-tasting wines. The vineyards lie on hills overlooking Lake Corbara, close to the city of Orvieto in the south-west of the province, which lies south of Tuscany in Italy’s centre. Of the estate’s 80-odd hectares, 50 are dedicated to vineyards and olive groves. The rest is given over to cereals and holiday cottages, making this an authentic place to visit for a spot of agriturismo.

Barberani

Barberani is one of Umbria’s most respected producers, famous for its clean, pure-tasting wines. The vineyards lie on hills overlooking Lake Corbara, close to the city of Orvieto in the south-west of the province, which lies south of Tuscany in Italy’s centre. Of the estate’s 80-odd hectares, 50 are dedicated to vineyards and olive groves. The rest is given over to cereals and holiday cottages, making this an authentic place to visit for a spot of agriturismo. The close proximity of the lake below helps regulate the microclimate here by preventing extreme variations in temperature.

History
Advised by consultant oenologist Maurizio Castelli, the estate, which is organically farmed and certified, is renowned for its clean, pure-tasting wines. By law, Orvieto is made from a combination of five grape varieties, of which the finest is grechetto, a Barberani speciality. Around 20,000 bottles of it are produced in every vintage under the designation of Grechetto Umbria IGT, which, in our view tastes not unlike a decent white Burgundy.

The wines
Barberani also produce a fragrant dessert wine called Calcaia, from trebbiano di Toscana and grechetto grapes concentrated by noble rot (muffa nobile). It is similar to Sauternes in style but with a characteristic lightness of touch. More recently high class barrel-aged reds have been introduced, using sangiovese, merlot and cabernet. These can rival Tuscany’s best in quality, but not in price.

Sustainability
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Barberani is one of Umbria’s most respected producers, famous for its clean, pure-tasting wines. The vineyards lie on hills overlooking Lake Corbara, close to the city of Orvieto in the south-west of the province, which lies south of Tuscany in Italy’s centre. Of the estate’s 80-odd hectares, 50 are dedicated to vineyards and olive groves. The rest is given over to cereals and holiday cottages, making this an authentic place to visit for a spot of agriturismo. The close proximity of the lake below helps regulate the microclimate here by preventing extreme variations in temperature.

History
Advised by consultant oenologist Maurizio Castelli, the estate, which is organically farmed and certified, is renowned for its clean, pure-tasting wines. By law, Orvieto is made from a combination of five grape varieties, of which the finest is grechetto, a Barberani speciality. Around 20,000 bottles of it are produced in every vintage under the designation of Grechetto Umbria IGT, which, in our view tastes not unlike a decent white Burgundy.

The wines
Barberani also produce a fragrant dessert wine called Calcaia, from trebbiano di Toscana and grechetto grapes concentrated by noble rot (muffa nobile). It is similar to Sauternes in style but with a characteristic lightness of touch. More recently high class barrel-aged reds have been introduced, using sangiovese, merlot and cabernet. These can rival Tuscany’s best in quality, but not in price.

Sustainability
Soil health is a key priority for Barberani, where they use controlled growth of grass to increase the organic content of the soil. This creates healthy, natural competition with the vines, thus naturally governing the strength of the plants. Each year, they also sow a mixture of seeds to further enrich the soil. Only 55 of the total 100 hectares of the estate is under vine, which encourages biodiversity. 30 hectares are given over to forest, which are managed with the same dedication shown to the vines. The company estimates that this area sequesters 240 tonnes of CO2 a year.

This attention to sustainability is also carried on in the winery, which makes use of ‘Aliant’ technology. This means that the roof structure amplifies the natural sunlight from outdoors, giving outstanding diffused lighting during the day that allows them to make huge savings on the electricity used for illumination. Approximately 95% of the lighting in the winery comes exclusively from naturally amplified sunlight.

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