Ripazzo Bianco 2018, Le Coste (Gradoli, Italy)

Ripazzo Bianco 2018, Le Coste (Gradoli, Italy)

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Grapes: Procanico, Malvasia, Roscetto 
Region: Gradoli, Lazio
Style: Orange 
ABV: 12%
Any added sulphites: No
Filtered: No
Size: 75cl

Absolute beauty here and a good entry point wine for those who haven't yet indulged in a lot of skin contact wines. The grapes are hand-harvested and fermented dry using the skins of the same wine from last year's harvest. Made from young vines of Procanico and Malvasia, fermented spontaneously with native yeasts, unfiltered, unfined, no added sulfites. The end result is a rustic amber wine with plenty of citrus fruit, firm tannins and no shortage of energy.

Gianmarco Antonuzzi and Clémentine Bouveron tend around 14 hectares of land, with vineyards amongst olive groves, chestnut trees, shrubs and oaks. Sat around Lago di Bolsena near Gianmarco’s childhood town of Gradoli in Lazio’s north, the soils are volcanic, rich in iron and minerals. Vines are planted at a density of up to 10,000 plants per hectare, from a mix of massale selections and ungrafted vines. Everything is done by hand, with careful attention to the needs of each plant and while biodynamic principles are employed, the approach here goes above and beyond. Each year they produce a dizzying number of different wines which are vinified in an ancient cellar in the village’s centre where nothing is added at any stage. To taste here is a real treat, Gianmarco is a master of élevage and a real patience in this respect results in some of the purest, most delicious wines we have tried. This is a fascinating project, where the passion and dedication of two people is single handedly putting one of Italy’s lesser known villages firmly on the map.