Donnachiara - Irpinia Aglianico 2017
Donnachiara - Irpinia Aglianico 2017 (87 TSW)
The Aglianico occurs almost exclusively in southern Italy, mainly in the provinces of Potenza and Matera of the region of Basilicata and in the provinces of Avellino and Benevento of the region of Campania, where with an area of 10,000 hectares it is the most planted blue grape variety. The grape thrives there in the cool hills at an altitude of 200 to 600 meters.
The growth is rapid, so pruning back is of the utmost importance. The Aglianico has an early flowering period and ripens very late. Early November is no exception. The long maturing time is necessary to make the hard tannins rounder and softer. The grape is resistant to powdery mildew, but extremely sensitive to botrytis. The best wines have a deep dark, almost black color and aromas of chocolate, plum and even the suggestion of volcanic material on which the plants grow is unmistakable. The high tannin content and the accompanying acidity ensure that wine from this grape is called the barolo of the south.
About this wine:
Fermentation at 68-71°F in stainless steel tanks for 15 days. Maturation on the skins for 10 days. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barriques.
In the glass a deep dark ruby red color.
On the medium+ nose aromas of sour cherries, blackberries and plums with hints of herbs, spices, liquorice and chocolate.
On the palate dry, full-bodied with medium+ acidity and medium+ tannins. Flavours of dark fruits, chocolate and meat. Nice long finish with dark fruits and spices.
Food affinities: A fine match to steak and game (deer, wild boar, etc.), truffle , pasta with full body sauces and cheese.