2016

Vigneti del Vulture, Pipoli Greco Fiano Basilicata

Italy, Basilicata

A very modern take on Southern Italy’s finest two indigenous white grapes. Remarkably zesty, fresh and citric. Mouth watering and refreshing, unoaked and light in body and alcohol without any loss of power. Cracking summer drink.”

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£9.95

MWS: 95

Origin

From a small cooperative in the Acerenza area of the remote Basilicata region. Vines are grown on the volcanic soils around the extinct Vulture volcano on altitudes up to 800 metres. This extends the ripening season and maintains high levels of acidity in the grapes, whilst developing bold fruit flavours. Greco and Fiano are considered to be the finest local white grapes of the region.

Grape Variety

60% Greco and 40% Fiano.

Grapes are cooled on arrival to the winery and fermented in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures to preserve the aromatic and fruity qualities of the Greco and Fiano grapes. The wine is then ages on lees in tank for 3 months prior to bottling.

Alcohol Percentage

12%

Cellar Potential

Drink now and over the next 18 months.

Producer

Valentino Sciotti (of Vesevo, Gran Sasso and other Farnese estates) took over this small co-operative in Acerenza, in the heart of the Aglianico del Vulture zone, in 2008. Alongside is consultant winemaker Alberto Antonini, who works with the talented Massimo di Bari; together they have managed to capture the character of the grapes and the zone superbly in their wines.

According to Alberto, arriving in this beautiful area, isolated and uncontaminated, is almost like stepping back a few centuries in time. It is certainly one of Italy's least explored and poorest regions, which is nevertheless producing some exciting wines.

Food Match

A fine aperitif, but also works well with all types of salads, either straight - or with fish and shellfish. Attractive accompaniment to a plate of crudités and nice dips, or as a picnic wine.

Suitable for vegetarians.

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