Volpe Rosa 2021
From seventy five year old vines planted with a rare pink-skinned variety of Coda di Volpe, some five hundred metres above sea level. This spent a day on skins, before being pressed off to sandstone amphorae and concrete vats for a year of rest. A gorgeous shade of brick in the glass, faint tannins frame complex flavours of blood orange, minerals and spice. A cult classic, as always this is a rosato that ranks as one of Italy’s best.
Coda di Volpe Rossa
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.