A remarkable expression of mature Aglianico released after a decade of ageing. This comes from a parcel in Montemarano, the spiritual home of the grape, where the vines are over one hundred years of age. The grapes spent two months on skins, followed by five years resting in old casks and a further five years in bottle before release. Impossibly deep, this is just reaching the peak of its powers, as complex tertiary notes emerge amongst layers of dark fruit, smoke and spice.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER
Antonio and Daniela De Gruttola seek out old vineyards in Irpinia, high in the hills of Campania. They champion and preserve the region’s native varietals, old vines and an age old way of tending them.
The vines are set at altitude and are planted over the region’s vibrant volcanic soils. Vineyard work is done by hand, organically and a combination of great farming and low yields results in healthy, characterful fruit. In the cantina, Antonio takes a no-nonsense approach with the intention of letting this terroir express itself in full. The grapes ferment naturally without temperature control and fermentation can continue for months.
Wines are raised in a combination of terracotta amphorae and large casks made from local woods and bottled unfiltered, with no additions at all. The resulting wines are singular, vivid expressions of grape and place.