Mouth-watering, refreshing... Feels kind of delicate but packed with flavour. Super delicious.
About the Wine
Say it with us - Falanghina (fal-a-ghee-na). The name may be off putting, but etymologists (language nerds) and ampelographers (grape nerds) agree that it shows how old the variety is - the name comes from Ancient Greek. This is indeed an ancient variety, drunk by Roman emperors, and there is a certain primal nature to its flavours, too. Antonio and Daniela have been working with this variety since 2019 and gave this four days on skins and time in large format oak.
This opens up with powerful citrus - lemon rind, kaffir leaf leaf and mandarin blossoms - offset neatly by volcanic rock and sea spray. There is something so fresh about this, and at the same time so deeply savoury, almost like it has risen from the depths of the sea. Dried herbs, sea salt and weathered beach stone, lemon juice and melon all come through with a myriad of other senses. It's engaging, it's overwhelming, it's exciting. Such cool wine. Grilled octopus would work here, so would oysters or miso eggplant.
About Cantina Giardino
Cantina Giardino is one of Italy's most interesting, delicious and dynamic natural wine producers.
What started out in 1997 as project between four people to save some old vineyards is now solely run by Antonio and Daniela Di Gruttola. They own and rent vineyards throughout the main wine-growing areas of Campania in central Italy - think of Naples and go inland and up...
They release fascinating whites made from Coda di Volpe, Greco di Tufo, Fiano di Avellino among others, and reds mostly from Aglianico. Stylistically? Well they do a bit of everything, with lots of skin contact, raising in amphora, always wild yeast ferments, and never any sulphur additions.
The wines are murky, lively, and often deliciously confronting. The small stocks that arrive down under disappear quickly.