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Pale lemon in colour, with perfumes of tropical fruit and a touch of vegetal notes. Rich yet fresh with a lime zest character, which comes from the Greco fruit, balancing the richness.
Pipoli IGP Basilicata
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 works with Manuel Barbone, and together they manage to capture the character of the grapes and the zone superbly in the bottle.
Fruits for this wine come from vineyards in the towns of Maschito, Irsina and Acerenza on the slopes of Mount Vulture, an extinct volcano, and highst mountain in Basilicata. Soils in this area are volcanic and rich in clay, calcium, nitrogen and tuff. Vineyards are planted at an altitude of 500 – 600 meters above sea level and all south west facing. The vines are Guyot trained and on average 25-30 year old. The long slow growing season, due to the high altitude of the vineyards, ensures that Vulture is one of the last areas in Italy to harvest, so late ripening native grapes such as Greco, Fiano and Aglianico are ideally suited this area.
The grapes were gently crushed and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at 10°C. All handling of the juice is done in an oxygen free environment in order to preserve the fresh aroma of this wine. The wine is aged in stainless steel tanks on its lees.