Valentino Sciotti (of Vesevo, Gran Sasso and other Farnese estates) took over this small co-operative in Basilicata in Acerenza in the heart of the Aglianico del Vulture zone in 2008...
Consultant winemaker, Alberto Antonini now works with talented young winemaker, Dennis Verdicchia, and together they managed to capture the character of the grapes and the zone superbly in the bottle.
The vineyards belonging to this estate are superb; low-trained and planted on the volcanic soils of the slopes of Mount Vulture at altitudes of up to 800 metres above sea level. The area is one of Italy's most remote and poorest. It is isolated and undeveloped and according to consultant winemaker Alberto Antonini, is like stepping back in time a few centuries.
In 2010 the high level of rainfall and sudden changes of temperature led to a delay to the harvest of about 15 days. The abundant vegetation had forced growers to prune the vines to reduce yields. Otherwise, this would have increased the ripening time of the grapes and damaged the quality of the wines.
Grapes are gently crushed and destemmed. The best grapes are then left to ferment in casks made of fine french wood for five to six months. The wine was then aged in French oak barriques for 15 months, before bottle ageing for a further 12 months.
Deep red in colour. Hints of blackberry and blackcurrants mix with spicy, balsamic notes on the nose. Great structure on the palate and a long, persistent finish.
Liberty Wines customers can order this wine directly from us.