Aglianico del Vulture `Piano del Cerro`

Basilicata

Vigneti del Vulture

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.

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Vineyards

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.

Vintage Information

The weather in Basilicata in 2012 was very dry in spring and extremely hot in summer, so the vines had no water for three months. However, the vineyards were able to survive the drought thanks to the water supply built up by the heavy snowfalls over the winter months. In addition to this, the altitude of the vineyards helped. Thanks to the shortage of rain and dry heat through to harvest, the grapes that arrived at the winery were perfectly healthy. However, the bunches were small and as a result the amount per hectare harvested and the yield in terms of wine fell by about 25% on average.

Vinification

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 24 months, where malolactic fermentation occured.

Tasting Notes

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.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 100% Aglianico
Region Basilicata
Winemaker Massimo Di Bari
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 6.3g/l
Residual Sugar 8g/l
Wine pH 3.56