The history of our Wildbacher dates back as far as the 1700s, when estate-owner Antonio Rambaldo planted this variety on the property, and thus Wildbacher is, in the full sense of the word, a native grape for Collalto. The wine appears a dark ruby red, with impressive depth, yet displaying a luminous vibrance. On the nose, its youthful burr is obvious, with contrasting impressions of ripe wild blackberry, macerated tobacco, and grassy interleavings of fresh hay and herbs, a complex that underscores its thoroughly husky, countryish charactacter. On the palate, the fleshy pulp of the fruit, every strand ea sily recognisable as that encountered on the nose, registers the impact of sinewy, insistent tannins that are at the same time finely-woven and impressive. Its lengthy maturation in oak has succeeded in subduing the wine* fierceness, ensuring that it embodies more moderate and elegant sensory standards. Nonetheless, it retains a nonpareil "wild elegance," an overall equilibrium that is clean-edged and compellingly dry, plus a capacity for ageing for those who know how to wait. Its level of alcohol and tannins make it the perfect partner for a wide range of meat-based dishes; preference goes to slow-cooked preparations with rich or spicy sauces that can stand up to the decisive impact that is the hallmark of this wine. In sum, a superb exemplar of indigenous quality and terroir expressiveness.