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2016 Somos Aglianico

McLaren Vale, SA

Deliciously more-ish Aglianico.

$32.00

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Drinkability through the roof yet retains a decent dictionary definition of aglianico with the veil of warm McLaren Vale in the mix. Great buying here. I loved drinking this. And drink I did.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

The Somos wines are the product of two enthusiastic young winemakers looking to make wines from new and interesting varieties grown in classic regions. Benjamin Caldwell and Mauricio Ruiz Cantu are the duo behind them, smart guys with some tasty things in production.

This is their delicious Aglianico sourced from a small vineyard in McLaren Vale. It was fermented as 50% whole bunches, striving for a perfumed and medium-bodied version of this late-ripening Italian variety.

Totally more-ish and one of our favourite Aussie Aglianicos.

About Somos

The Somos wines are the product of two enthusiastic young winemakers - one Australian and one Mexican - looking to make interesting and contemporary wines from McLaren Vale.

Benjamin Caldwell and Mauricio Ruiz Cantu are the creative duo behind this exciting project, with the wines exported back to South & Central America as well as sold through just a handful of outlets and venues locally in Australia.The focus is on 'alternative' varieties from sustainably managed vineyards - their Aglianicos being of particular note.

Their unique wines are made with a deft touch, the resulting styles perfumed and balanced, bursting with energy and personality. Just minuscule volumes produced, but great fun to be had across the Somos range.

Winemakers Ben Caldwell & Mauricio Ruiz Canto
Winemakers Ben Caldwell & Mauricio Ruiz Canto
McLaren Vale, SA
Additional Info

From The Producer

Viticulture

The fruit grows along the breakneck creek, nestled behind the goodieson brewery between McLaren Vale and McLaren Flat. Although the bulk of the vineyard is planted on the sandstone formation, a small line runs through the vineyard towards the creek which is noticeable more clay like. Two distinctive fruit style subsequently grow in the vineyard, with the creek line being more generous of fruit, and the sandstone growing more tannic fruit. We take small amounts from both, but tend to favour the creek side.

Winemaking

Picked very late, 28th April. 50% whole bunch, 50% destemmed over the top. Pressed early and allowed to finish fermentation in barrel. Fruit development was longer and more intense in 2016 for Aglianico, due to a warm start then cooling down and becoming quite wet towards the end of March and into April. Big colour and big tannin was mitigated by early pressing during fermentation. Aged in old french hogsheads.

Blend : Aglianico (100%)
ABV : 13%
Closure : DIAM Cork
Drink Until : 2024
Bottle Size : 750ml

The Somos Boys
The Somos Boys
McLaren Vale, SA
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

93Points
The Wine Front

"‘They’ say that aglianico is the world’s oldest, cultivated grape variety, right back to the amphora and sandal origins of Falernian winemaking. The Georgians might have something to say about that, but the world on the street is aglianico is old, old, old. That the southern Italian (via Greece) grape variety is doing well in McLaren Vale doesn’t seem too surprising. Indeed, this example in its sleek frame, lightly tannin hewn shape and amaro-like fresh guise, is an exceptional example of what’s right about warm, coastal places growing this variety. Beautiful perfume, svelte texture, pepper-dashed red and black sour-sweet fruit character. Lots to like from the get go. Settle into the wine and enjoy the fine detail in spice, firm but succulent tannin, cool acidity underlying, the sappy yet fresh finish. It’s got a dark fruit appeal yet sits high on its herbal, peppery lift, lingers with gentle palate staining sweetness. Man, this has charisma. Drinkability through the roof yet retains a decent dictionary definition of aglianico with the veil of warm McLaren Vale in the mix. Great buying here. I loved drinking this. And drink I did." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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