“Cà Dei Maghi’s Barabao is made from the Garganega grape. It is a white wine of absolute refinement from the moment the grapes are harvested. In a vineyard dedicated to red wines near Monte Santoccio, some Garganega grapes defy time; sourced from vines over 50 years old. The Barabao is highly rated by, among others, De Grote Hamersma.”
Winery: Cà Dei Maghi
Grape variety: Garganega
Region/Area: Valpolicella (Verona)
Type: Dry white wine
Soil: Limestone, marl soil
Closure: Technological cork
Serving temperature: 10-12° C
Laying potential: Long shelf life, no data available yet
For the Barabao, about half of the grapes are picked during the September harvest, relatively early for the Garganega, and then dried for about 40 days. The remaining grapes are fully matured on the vine and harvested in October. All grapes are then transferred to the cellar to be vinified together. Here the grapes are aged in stainless steel tanks for 6 months, followed by a year of bottle aging.
The “double harvest” of the Garganega grapes results in a wine that reminds us of the sun in its beautiful, intense and brilliant golden yellow color.
On the nose, the Barabao is a structured wine with hints of Mediterranean herbs such as sage, rosemary and luigia grass. After sitting in the glass for a few minutes, the fragrance notes change to slightly smoky with almond paste, cognac and saffron.
Drinking the Barabao is like a dip in the southern sea which, once in the mouth, is powerful and elegant, with salty notes and a touch of spirit and honey.
This Barabao from Cà Dei Maghi goes well with grilled fish, mussels or mushroom risotto.
“Garganega. But that’s the boring bitch that is usually used to make dull soave. Secure. Also. But that’s not what they do at Cà dei Maghi. They take the trouble to harvest the first half in September. And the second half only in October when the grapes are fully ripe and voluptuous.
Do they also do something at rest? Well, at least no tea drinking. It could just be that they are already contentedly sipping from an earlier harvest year and gloating over what the next will bring. Like this 2019 for example. Wonderful year for this grape resulting in a very serious bianco. Layered, pleated and structured. Slightly smoky, macaroons, almond sweet and a peach plus its skin. Fine condiment. A salty sigh plus a honey splash. Moreover, according to the importer, the smell has a trace of ‘luigia grass’. Never heard of it. Never smelled it. But he has now made me curious.”