Crotin 1897 ‘Aris' Freisa d'Asti DOC 2018
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Freisa is a relative of Nebbiolo and native to the hills around Asti. The grape is packed full of sumptuous tannin, rushing acidity and can be used in a range of styles from fizzy and semi sweet to brooding and tannic. We work with three fascinating renditions of freisa from the gentle hands of the Crotin family; bone dry sparkling, a racy rosato and this juicy yet structured red. 'Aris' is made from a single hectare, south facing vineyard, sliced into the woods at 280 metres above sea level. Winemaking is merely the combination of excellent, organically grown fruit and stainless steel vessels. The resulting wine is aromatically rich and complex with a palate awash with grippy tannin and a bitter herb finish. Crotin do no wrong! Rose perfume, black olive, herbs and tart cherry are woven together. Chalky tannin lays the framework for a juicy, mid weight palate that reflects the nose.