Fly Fishing

 

Nothing much to do with wine, but Fly Fishing is a grapecircus passion. #justsaying

 

The Catch
The Flies
The Patience

Iuli

Fabrizio Iuli calls himself a ‘barberista’ because of his love and dedication to the barbera grape. His aim is to reflect the territory and the nature of the grape as much as possible.

umberta

Barbera 'Umberta'

Packs all the fruitiness you’d expect from barbera, but with so much more besides. There’s the richness and complexity Iuli brings by allowing the grapes to ripen fully. There’s the crunchy minerality from the white clay soils. There’s the lifted acidity that keeps you coming back for more…

Once a rising star in the lesser-known Monferrato appellation, Fabrizio Iuli decided after the 2015 vintage not to bottle his wines as Monferrato any longer. Labelling them simply ‘Vino Rosso’ – though they are far from simple – allows him more freedom to work as he always has done, with respect for the land and the wine.

quick facts

APPELLATION: Vino Rosso
VINTAGE: 2017
STYLE: red
GRAPE: barbera
FARMING: organic
FERMENTATION: concrete
MATURATION: concrete, oak
FILTRATION: unfiltered
ALCOHOL: 14.5%
CASE SIZE: 6

Grignolino 'Natalin'

Invitingly perfumed, with plenty of depth to the pomegranate, cherry and cherry blossom flavours. There are hints of savoury spice, tobacco, and the ever-present crackle of Iuli’s limestone soils. A real little charmer!

Grignolino is known for its light colour, aromas of savoury herbs and lifted acidity, and is often likened to gamay. It’s local to the Monferrato area, and has an amazing ability to reflect its terroir. Named after Fabrizio’s good friend and no stranger to Grapecircus, Natalino Crognaletti: the charismatic force behind Fattoria San Lorenzo in the Marche.

quick facts

APPELLATION: Vino Rosso
VINTAGE: 2017
STYLE: red
GRAPE: grignolino
FARMING: organic
FERMENTATION: concrete
MATURATION: concrete
FILTRATION: unfiltered
ALCOHOL: 13.5%
CASE SIZE: 6

malidea

Nebbiolo 'Malidea'

Iuli’s hallmark sleekness is combined with the ethereal aromas and firm structure of the nebbiolo grape. Fine, persistent red-berry and floral notes backed by crunchy minerality and lifted acidity. Textured and full, with complexity gained over two years in barrel.

‘Malidea’ is the name of the hill that separates the nebbiolo vines from the barbera vines. The word means ‘bad idea’, which immediately appealed to Fabrizio’s sense of humour.

quick facts

APPELLATION: Rosso di Monferrato DOC
VINTAGE: 2014
STYLE: red
GRAPE: nebbiolo
FARMING: organic
FERMENTATION: concrete
MATURATION: oak
FILTRATION: unfiltered
ALCOHOL: 14%
CASE SIZE: 6

barabba

Barbera 'Barabba' (Magnum)

Rich and full, but with an engaging, lively acidity and persistent minerality. Layers of intense dark red fruit initially, revealing dried cherry, rose, tobacco, cedar and forest floor on the long, lifted finish.

The flagship wine of the Iuli estate, this is barbera at its most profound. Coming from some of the oldest barbera vines in the region, Barabba highlights the richness, depth and ageworthiness that barbera can achieve.

quick facts

APPELLATION: Barbera di Monferrato Superiore DOCG
VINTAGE: 2006
STYLE: red
GRAPE: barbera
FARMING: organic
FERMENTATION: concrete
MATURATION: oak
FILTRATION: unfiltered
ALCOHOL: 14%
CASE SIZE: 1

Iuli

Fabrizio Iuli calls himself a ‘barberista’ because of his love and dedication to the barbera grape. His aim is to reflect the territory and the nature of the grape as much as possible. The territory is Montaldo di Cerrina, a tiny town in the rural Monferrato region in between Turin and Milan. In this hidden corner of Piemonte the pace of life is slow, and agriculture is the main way of life: far from the tour buses and manicured rows of vines in the Langhe.

For Iuli, the most important part of this area is the vein of limestone that runs through the hills. He has found a selection of parcels throughout the area that all share the same chalky-white soil, and by working in a natural way, with native yeasts and only stainless steel, concrete, and old oak vessels, he allows the wines to express themselves in a way that is subtle yet joyful, easy to drink yet complex.

The vineyards are all certified organic, as the fields around the town have never been farmed with chemicals. For him, working naturally, whether this is organically or biodynamically, must make good sense for each individual winemaker, rather than being ideological or prescriptive. Only in this way, he believes, will good wine be made, and the land and its people cared for.