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Light yellow-gold in colour, this Pecorino has a lightly spiced nose from the partial oak ageing which gives way to a fine, floral and ripe citrus fruit character on the...
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Light yellow-gold in colour, this Pecorino has a lightly spiced nose from the partial oak ageing which gives way to a fine, floral and ripe citrus fruit character on the palate. Good length and a ripe pear note on the finish.

Valentino Sciotti is involved with a number of wineries in Puglia, Campania (he is the man behind Vesevo) and his native Abruzzi. The Gran Sasso wines are made by winemaker Filippo Baccalaro and young winemaker Rino Santeusanio and display a freshness and directness of fruit that sets them apart from other wines from this area.

Pecorino is a fairly rare variety, with only about 300 hectares planted in the Abruzzi and the Marches. Its name derives from the fact that a bunch of Pecorino grapes was traditionally considered to have a similar shape to a sheep`s head. The grapes for this wine come from a 16 year old vineyard situated at approximately 150 metres above sea level.

Abundant snow fell at beginning February in Abruzzo, building up water levels. From the beginning of June to the end of the growing season, there were only two days of rain towards the end July. The rest of the time, it was sunny with constantly high temperatures. By contrast, the harvest period was very wet. At Gran Sasso they decided to harvest the white grapes early starting on 20th August to preserve the grapeës natural acidity and aromatic qualities. This actually had a positive effect on the wine. As a result, the white wines are very fresh with crisp acidity and good structure.

30% of the wine was fermented in very lightly toasted Austrian oak casks with a capacity of 4,000 litres with internal temperature control. The rest was fermented in stainless steel at low temperatures (12°C). The wine was then matured for six months in steel and two months in oak.

Key Facts

Size
75cl
Grapes
Pecorino
Country
Italy
Region
Abruzzo
Vintage
2015
ABV %
13%
Organic
No
Vegan
No

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