Region: Barbaresco - Piedmont, ITA
Dave Fletcher is a self-confessed Nebbiolo addict (who can blame him?) and uprooted his life in Australia to move to the stunning hills of Barbaresco. Now making wine out of the decommissioned Barbaresco railway station, he crafts Nebbiolo, Barbera and a host of other Italian and non-Italian grapes under the Fletcher label - a name that doesn't evoke Marcello Mastroianni in a perfectly tailored suit, though his wines may just have you gesticulating wildly and demanding Nonna's lasagne after a glass, such is their authenticity. Organic farming as much as possible, spontaneous ferments, no fining or filtering and an unshackled approach to winemaking produce wines of verve and substance.
Fruit sourced from two Cru vineyards: Roncaglie and Starderi. Roncaglie is picked significantly later than Starderi, and has a southwestern aspect and thus a little more shaded with more ferrous soils. Starderi has a southern aspect with a classic Barbaresco soil of sand, silt and clay. Elegant, spiced and long with muscular but balanced tannins, especially for a young Barbaresco.