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.
The 2017 harvest was 30% lower than previous years. A cold winter with heavy snowfall was followed by high temperatures in spring and summer with little rain to relieve the vines. More attention was needed to harvest the white grapes, to ensure the higher balance of aromas and acidity.
The grapes were hand harvested in mid-September. 30% of the wine was fermented at low temperatures in 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 of 14-15°C. The wine was then matured for six months in stainless steel and two months in oak to maintain the fresh character of the Pecorino grape but also enhance its complexity and depth.
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