The Dolia concrete vessel by Nomblot, inherited its forme from the amphoras used in the Antiquity for wine. As a result of its unique shape, this fermentation vessel keeps the wine lees in suspension, allowing for wines to build volume, concentrate its aromatics and express its fruit profiles.
In the past, the Romans used large jars or amphoras made of Terra Cotta, to ferment and age their wines. These ancient vessels helped keep the wines a constant temperature, allowing for a healthy fementation of the grapes.
Without pumping-over or lees stirring, this tank, inspired by Roman amphoras, allows the aging of the wine with constant contact with the wine’s solids, building body and texture with minimal intervention.
The absence of hard angles in this tank promotes circulation, and keeps the solids in suspension during elevage. This effect “feeds” the mid palate, bring richness while polymerizing tannins, therefore staying true to the terroir and pure expression of the fruit.
Concrete amphoras are becoming more and more popular in France. From winemakers at the Grand Domaines producing wines with the utmost finesse, to smaller producers concerned with minimal intervention practices such as biodynamics, organics, and natural winemaking, the concrete amphoras have proven to be versatile vessels that highlight the purity and place of the wines.
With its expansive references at some of the world’s most renown wine estates, Nomblot assures the truest aromatic expression of your wines in this vinification and elevage tank. Discover the profile of this dynamic vessel, inspired by hundreds of years of history, dating back to the Antiquity.