food and wine
Half case: £67.55
Full case: £127.98
Valentino Sciotti is involved with a number of wineries in Puglia & Campania. The Gran Sasso wines are made by winemakers Francesco De Santis and young winemaker Rino Santeusanio and display a freshness and directness of fruit that sets them apart from other wines from this area.
Most Montepulciano at this price comes either from negociants buying bulk wines or from co-ops, neither of whom work as well or as closely with their growers as Valentino and his team. The grapes for this wine are grown in 15-20 year old vineyards in the production zones of Ortona, San Salvo and Pollutri.
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. This climate favoured the red varieties, which resulted in excellent red wines.
The grapes were handpicked. On arrival at the winery, only 10% of grapes were put in fermentation tanks with their stems – the remaining fruit was destemmed. Fermentation took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel and concrete tanks at a temperature of 28°C and lasted for 15 days. Continuous racking and punch-downs were performed to optimise extraction of flavours from the skins. Malolactic fermentation took place in 80% stainless steel tanks and 20% oak barrels, which softened the acidity and added complexity to the final wine.
Made for early drinking, this wine is packed with juicy fruit characters – cherry, sour cherry and blackberry with an intense balsamic note lingering at the finish. The palate is full bodied with good, supple tannins. This wine is well balanced with good structure and a long finish.