Aglianico del Vulture `Organic` Grifalco 2012

Country
Italy
Region
Basilicata
Producer
Lucania
Grape(s)
Aglianico (100%)
Type
Red
Style
Complex
Oaked Style
Lightly oaked
Body Style
Full bodied
Dry/Sweet Style
Dry
Alcohol Content (%)
14
Closure Style
Cork
Organic/Biodynamic
Organic
Vegetarian/Vegan
Vegetarian: No, Vegan: No
Allergens
Sulphites: Yes, Milk: Yes, Egg: No

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Region

Basilicata falls within the instep of Italy`s heel, squeezed between Puglia to the east and Campania to the west. This is a sparse, warm, agricultural region planted by the the Greeks who introduced the vine. The most notable variety is Aglianico which reaches its pinnacle on the volcanic soils of Monte Vulture in the north of the region. Malvasia, Bombino, Fiano and Moscato are also planted with success.

Producer

After 20 years of working with Sangiovese, Fabrizio and Cecilia Piccin left Tuscany and headed south to the volcanic slopes of Monte Vulture in Basilicata. Their 16 ha planted on the tufa slopes includes vines of over 50 years age. Grifalco is a wine born in the soil, deep and concentrated, tarry and with a deep mineral vein.

Tasting Notes

Considered the finest red variety of southern Italy, Aglianico yields robust and complex wine with a dense ruby red colour. The granite slopes of Mt Vulture are the source for Grifalco. It is generous and elegant with black fruit and tarry aromas and a mineral rich palate made complex by the addition of 20% aged in oak barrique. Firm but ripe tannins and a refined acidity extend the silky concentration of cherry and herbs on the finish.

Food

Excellent accompaniment to robust stews, roast or braised beef, barbecued meats, tandoori spiced chicken and well flavoured cheeses.