Nibaru is the name of a local wild bushplant called “spaccasassi” (literally from Italian “stone breaker”) which produces tiny round black berries, made of a round seed with a bit of pulp and skin around. There is one of these plants growing in the plot of Monica vines in the commune of San Vito, which produce this particular wine.
This local wild berry has a very tannic and herbaceous taste, of “garrigue ( the soil and wild plants that grow on the craggy hill of the countries in the Mediterranean region”, which can be detected in some of the wines of Cantina Alberto Loi, especially in this ’Nibaru’. Captivating nose with flowery perfumes of red flowers, both fresh and dried, as well as strong cherry-fruity notes and delicate minerality, combined with a gentle spiciness. Very tasty in the mouth with a hint of bitterness, plenty of stonefruit fruit and peppery tannins. I’m thinking slow-cooked shoulder of pork with fennel.