Aglianico del Vulture DOC Grifalco

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Aglianico del Vulture DOC Grifalco

£14.50

  • Designation: DOC
  • Producer: Grifalco
  • Year: 2005
  • ABV: 13.5%
  • Grape: Aglianico
  • Region: Basilicata
  • Size: 75cl
Style:

Brilliant ruby red hues, generous and elegant on the nose with stylish floral hints and red berry fruit. Gutsy and determined with a deep, well-defined finish.

Food Match: Aglianico del Vulture compliments roasted and grilled meats.

Nick's notes: "Aglianico is the grape, and it is on the volcanic soils of the extinct volcano Monte Vulture that the vineyards are located. The potential from this region has always been known, but too often the grapes and the ageing have been let to go their own way, thick, over powering beasts glowering at you over the rim of the glass. They were impressive, and if you were honest sometimes they were just a bit too fearsome. So a little levity with the old juice, a steady restraining hand in the fermentation tank, a little on the oak, and we have a modern vibrant wine than retains the typicality of the grape and region but is perhaps a little less of a mountain crazy."

 

Nick’s notes: “Well this is kind of where it all began for us. Grifalco is made by the Piccin who are Bianca’s sister and brother in law and it was tasting their wines which weren’t being imported into the UK that got Juliusz and Bianca thinking about a change of plan, let’s import wine. So they did, but from the Piccin’s original wine, a Tuscan beauty, the family have  now moved far south to the remote region of Basilicata and the DOC of Monte Vulture. Better value land, more fun and independence and some oddly Byzantine politics, Italy of course, lead them to the change but their terrific wine making remains with them”.

 

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