2020 Cantina Giardino Fra Falanghina

A deeply savoury Falanghina from Campania, with volcanic rock, sea spray and soft citrus. Interest driven and decidedly delicious.

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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.

Daniela and Antonio always wanted to work with this grape but only found some great vineyards near Benevento in most recent time and the first vintage was 2019. According to Cantina Giardino, Falanghina is a fascinating a grape that, in its simplicity, gives wines ready to drink earlier than Coda di Volpe, Fiano and Greco. Light, fresh and salty from soils rich in volcanic minerals near Benevento. Four days macerations on skins and ageing in big botti.

Region: Campania, Italy
Blend: Falanghina (100%)
ABV: 12%
Closure: 750ml
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93 Points - "Fragrant, fresh cut flowers with green apple, honeysuckle, preserved lemon, candied ginger aromas. Pretty. Crackles in the palate, juicy but with crunch and fuzz of fine, tight tannins. Mouth-watering, refreshing finish. Feels kind of delicate but packed with flavour. Super delicious." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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