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Fiano Rocca del Principe
23 August 2018

In a short space of time Rocca del Principe has won great renown within Italy for its lively, characterful Irpinian wines. After years of his family selling grapes to Mastroberardino, Ercole Zarella with the help of his wife and brother, set about producing his own wine as of the 2004 vintage. The estate comprises 6 hectares of prime 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 Tognano 2015 is a single cru and the estate’s top Fiano. It is drinking beautifully now. Fermented in tank and aged sur lie for 12 months, it spends a further 12 months in bottle before release. Where most vineyards in the region are dominated by clay, Tognano is marked more by its sandy volcanic soils, lending it a crisp and mineral edge married to silken fruit textures. A sumptuous food wine, its pairing qualities are akin to a fine white Burgundy. For something a little different, give Fiano a go!

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