6 x Tre Stelle Greco Fiano & 6 x Tre Stelle Aglianico del Vulture
Planting vines on the slopes of a volcano ight not seem like an obvious choice. But volcanic soils are full of minerals, helping produce wines rich in texture and flavour.
“Mineral flavours, spicy notes, slight smokiness, high acidity, umami savouriness and rich earthy flavours tend to abound” says The Independent.
While Decanter writes that volcanic wines “show elevated aromatics and a saline, mineral edge to the palate”.
You’ll find volcanic wines all over the world, from Santorini to Japan but one of the best sources is undoubtedly Italy. Vigneti del Vulture is a small cooperative with vineyards on the volcanic soils of Monte Vulture in Basilicata. And thanks to the high altitude – around 800 metres – the vineyards also enjoy one of the longest growing seasons in Italy. So what you get are wines rich in mineral complexity but also super-ripe with intense, concentrated fruit.
It’s easy to see why there’s so much flavour packed into these wines. But what’s much harder to understand is the low price!
Tre Stelle Aglianico del Vulture 2017 is a luscious, rich red packed with black cherries, dark chocolate and earthy pice. Known as the ‘Barolo of the South’, Aglianico is a grape with the class to rival Italy’s greats but because it excels in the little known Basilicata region, it flies under the radar of most wine lovers. Definitely don’t let this one pass you by.
Tre Stelle Greco Fiano 2018 is a peachy, dry white with ripe tropical fruit and a zesty lemon twist. It comes from old vines and has been aged on its lees so although unoaked, it’s surprisingly rich with impressive concentration and nutty complexity. As with so many Italian wines, it’s highly versatile with food – perfect with pasta carbonara or enjoy with all types of fish.