2011 Cantina Giardino Nude Aglianico

Earthy, dense Aglianico from a great natural producer in Campania, maturing nicely.

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Big homespun red from the heart of south-central Italy made from powerhouse old vine Aglianico.

The natural wine pioneers and old vineyard saviours at Cantina Giardino tend a plot in Taurasi dating back almost 100 years, and release this unadorned, nude Aglianico, with no additions and no sulphur.

It's a rustic and rusting red, that still packs an elegant punch. It spent a good fifty days on skins, adding a protective layer of sorts. Savoury and earth, yet still with sweet cherry and plum/ date characters. Finish goes on longer than the average Italian government.

In Ariano Irpino, Daniela and Antonio De Gruttola at the end of the 90s decided to pursue a crazy idea: to safeguard the varietal heritage of their territory by protecting its traditions and knowledge. They are the first proto-natural vintners of Irpinia, perhaps of the whole Campania or Italy.

A 100% Aglianico obtained from a plot of 1 hectare at 500 m above sea level, in the heart of Taurasi, planted in 1925 with the original pre-phylloxera rootstock pie franco. Large wooden barrels with maceration of almost 60 days. Aged 36 months in wood, it is bottled without filtration and without sulfur dioxide. It is an exciting wine, far from concentrations and rough tannins. Elegance, flavor and extraordinary depth. This is the Aglianico.

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