Donato D’Angelo Aglianico del Vulture 2017
One hundred percent Aglianico grown in the central southern Italian region of Basilicata at around 500m elevation in vineyards averaging around 50 years of age. Overperforming all its varietal touch-points, the first perfumed impressions tumble together; top notes of dark rose petal and rubbed kitchen herbs, with background auto suggestions (or real) of crushed volcanic rocks. Brilliant, bright red raspberry fruit flavours follow, then the grape’s natural chalky to gravelly tannins that are generous enough to allow, with every sip, wave after wave of those fragrances and echoing fresh fruit acidity. Rusticity, earthy yet incredibly expressive. A genuine drinking pleasure.