Grapes: Vernaccia Rosa Region: Umbria, Italy Style: Still, Red ABV: 12% Colour: Light red Any added sulphites: No Filtered: No Size: 75cl
Light-bodied, mineral berries, orange melon.
This super light-bodied Vernaccia Rosa is summer in a bottle. Raised on the rough terrain of the Barbagia Mountains of Sardinia, Giovanni Mesina moved with his family to Umbria in search of more peaceful pastures, initially to watch over his sheep (Giovanni is a shepherd) and make cheese but now, guided by one of Italy’s most revered natural winemakers Danilo Marcucci, Giovanni also makes wine. Situated on the rolling hills of Pianello to the north of Perugia and covering less than three hectares, Giovanni raises his sheep on organic soil punctuated by ancient olive trees (from which he makes his own oil) and small rows of grapevines – a mix of typical red varieties of the region including Vernaccia Rosa, and his favourite white variety from Sardinia, Vermentino. Produced in a strictly natural way with a minimalist approach in the cellar “to capture the magical expression of the fruit and the earth”, Giovanni’s wines are incredibly special, from the labels (all made from grass) to the wine itself: expertly balanced and superbly moreish. Only roughly 1000 bottles of this wine made.