Tenuta Cavalier Pepe - ianco di Bellona Irpinia Coda di Volpe DOC
Tenuta Cavalier Pepe - Bianco di Bellona Irpinia Coda di Volpe DOC (87 TSW)
In my coming posts I try to give more attention to wines from Campania. The wines from this area are not yet known to the general public but I think that should change.
Coda di volpe is a native white grape variety from Campania, also called "foxtail” because of the shape of the bunch of grapes. From the vinification of the Coda di Volpe vine comes the Bianco di Bellona, dedicated to the beautiful goddess of war in Roman mythology.
The grapes are harvested in mid-October are selected in the vineyard and in the cellar, where they are pressed. The "flower must" is cold clarified and then fermented at low temperatures. This is followed by a short period of aging on the fine lees and then in the bottle.
My tasting notes:
In the glass a bright golden yellow color.
On the medium nose aromas of peaches, pear and apricot with hints of flowers and sweet spices.
On the palate dry, medium+ bodied with a soft and round mouthfeel. Still a nice freshness because of the medium acidity. Flavours of white and yellow fruit, butter and light saltyness. Nice persistent aftertaste.
Food matches: a very versatile wine, excellent on all fish-based dishes, sushi and tartare as well as white meat dishes or vegetables accompanied by light sauces, it is a pleasant discovery in combination with the "Mozzarella di Bufala" and the "Burrata.
Tenuta Cavalier Pepe is located in the municipality of Sant`Angelo all`Esca. The 35 hectares of vineyards are located in the Denomination Taurasi DOCG and Coda di Volpe DOC on the hills of Sant`Abgelo allÈsca and the adjacent Taurasi and Luogosano. All three are part of the 17 municipalities of the Taurasi DOCG appellation. The plots are spread over the south and south-eastern slopes, at an altitude of 350 to 500 meters above sea level.