2018 Olek Bondonio Barbaresco Roncagliette

Barbaresco, Italy

A ripe and plush Barbaresco, balanced out by classic Nebbiolo tannin.




About This Wine

From his front yard vineyard, this Barbaresco from Olek Bondonio comes off vines planted by his family over 50 years ago. It’s a pretty special vineyard with wines from his neighbour (Gaja) made from the same fruit selling for over $500 a bottle.

It's quite lively, with bursting red fruit beginning this wild journey. It has quite a rich character, almost confectionary in fact. It is, however, still Italianate Nebbiolo, and the grate of pumice stone like tannin is ever present, keeping the sweet fruit character in check. So fragrant still, and ready to drink.

This is old-school Nebbiolo with a natural bent, incredibly complex, with power and poise.


About Olek Bondonio

In an old farmhouse named ‘La Berchialla’ which sits amongst Barbaresco’s most famous crus, Olek Bondonio has, in a very short period of time, established himself as a cult producer.

He used to visit the farmhouse which has been in his family for over two centuries each summer, fascinated with the work in the vineyards. It wasn’t until he had shaken the youthful exuberance for snow and skateboarding that he made the leap and moved to the region full-time to pursue winemaking.

Since the winery’s inception in 2005, he has remained committed to working with the least amount of chemical input, both in the vineyard and in the cellar.

The resulting wines are pure, old-fashioned expressions of native varietals.


Olek Bondonio
Olek Bondonio
Barbaresco, Italy
Additional Info

From The Producer

Hand-harvested, basket-pressed, spontaneously fermented and macerated on the skins for two months (with a submerged cap) in concrete before being pressed off to old botti (Slavonian- Gamba and Austrian- Stockinger) for a couple of years. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.


Blend : Nebbiolo (100%)
ABV : 15
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2028
Bottle Size : 750ml

Olek in the vineyard
Olek in the vineyard
Barbaresco, Italy
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"A very different style of Roncagliette in 2018. Ripe cherry, almost to boiled lolly in opulence, blackcurrant, dried flowers and herbs, sweet spices. It’s ripe and almost jubey, a little warmth here, but has a fine drag of silty pumice stone tannin, sage and new leather, with firm drying, dusty and suede-like tannin, and spiced poached strawberry flavours to close. Overall impression is that it’s a bit breathy, quite ripe without the usual depth and density, and the growl and intensity that this wine normally delivers. It’s good though, but a lesser year for this wonderful producer." Gary Walsh 


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