Aglianico, Irpinia, 2013

  Rocca del Principe

Crisp, lively with a structure that you would expect of Aglianico without remotely being too hard or heavy. Crunchy clear and vibrant flavours of cherries, sandalwood and leather. Juicy and moreish. From south facing young vines in the Lapio zone, the wine is fermented in tank and then aged in used oak French barriques for 12 months before bottling.

Contains Sulphites.

About Rocca del Principe

In a short space of time Rocca del Principe have won great renown within Italy for their lively, characterful Irpinian wines. After years of his family selling grapes to Mastroberardino, Ercole Zarella with the help of his wife, Aurelia Fabrizio and his brother, set about producing his own wine as of the 2004 vintage. The estate comprises 6ha prime hectares of vineyards in what many believe to be the greatest place for growing Fiano – Arianello in the commune of Lapio. Here the vineyards, exposed east, north and west (but never south, Ercole believes Fiano over-ripens too readily on south-facing sites here) are, at 650 metres above sea level, the highest in Lapio and yield wines of zest and intensity. The Fiano is fermented and aged in steel tanks sur lie for ten month, during vinification part of the cuvee is given two day’s skin contact, other than that you will find very little wine-making or intervention here. Unique, brilliant wines that really show the best of Campania and its ability to produce quality and value.

Appellation: Campania

Campania, the shin of Italy’s boot, is very much a symbol of tradition, hearty countryside and classical wines. In fact, the quality potential here was always well known, but for many years the region produced middling wines, of a somewhat rustic character. The 1990s saw a revival in its fortunes however, as more conscientious producers took note of their local landscape, punctuated as it is by vertiginous hilly-mountains. Altitude would be the key in alleviating soaring summer temperatures and capturing beautiful aromatics. So it was then, that mediocre vineyards were pulled up and replanted at ever-higher levels. Plantings on volcanic, rocky soils increased and became some of the highest in all of Italy. Nowadays, red grapes at 400m are commonplace, and whites can be even higher; marrying warm daytime temperatures, cooling winds and day/night swings that keep acidities lively. The benchmark white varieties include Falanghina, Fiano and Greco di Tufo, while for the reds Aglianico is the star. Two key wine producing areas are Taurasi DOCG; the source of exceptional Aglianico, and Taburno – a diverse region producing many of Campania’s key varieties. Cantina del Taburno is a particularly reliable co-operative. We are also thrilled to work with Quintodecimo, the estate owned by Luigi Moio - a consultant and Italian winemaking expert from an historic Campanian family. Given the opportunity to go it alone in 2001, he hasn’t looked back, and the wines coming out of this estate are some of the most exciting we have tasted.

Grape Type: Aglianico

Robust, top-quality southern Italian red grape variety found mainly on the volcanic slopes of Campania and Basilicata in Italy's south. It is thought to have been introduced by the Ancient Greeks when they colonised southern Italy between 600-500 B.C. It is the sole component of what used to be one of Italy’s greatest red wines, Campania's Taurasi, now experiencing something of a comeback thanks to a new wave of passionate quality conscious wine-growing in Southern Italy. Its other great expression is in neighbouring Basilicata, Aglianico del Vulture.