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Dolcetto

Don’t let the name fool you! Dolcetto translates as “little sweet one,” but it is certainly not a sweet grape. Grown mainly in the Piemonte region of Northern Italy, the wines made from Dolcetto are deeply-coloured, dry and can be quite tannic. It is grown in very small amounts in other world regions. Australia, for example, has pockets of it in the Hunter Valley, Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills. But the most notable regions for Dolcetto are Asti, Alba, Langhe and Dogliani (the only region where wines from Dolcetto have reached DOCG status).

Typically, wines made from Dolcetto are light to medium bodied with very fruity aromas of plum, blackberry and prune, and a sweet, confected note almost like bubble gum – perhaps this is where the name comes from? Due to its high tannins, Dolcetto can produce bitter almond characters on the palate if not treated with care. Because of the fruity nature of these wines, they are robust enough to serve with Italian antipasto – pickled, salty and savoury!