Grifalco, Aglianico del Vulture, Campania, Italy, 750ml
Basilicata falls within the instep of Italy`s heel, squeezed between Puglia to the east and Campania to the west. This is a sparse, warm, agricultural region planted by the the Greeks who introduced the vine. The most notable variety is Aglianico which reaches its pinnacle on the volcanic soils of Monte Vulture in the north of the region. Malvasia, Bombino, Fiano and Moscato are also planted with success. Considered the finest red variety of southern Italy, Aglianico yields robust and complex wine with a dense ruby red colour. The granite slopes of Mt Vulture are the source for Grifalco. It is generous and elegant with black fruit and tarry aromas and a mineral rich palate made complex by the addition of 20% aged in oak barrique. Firm but ripe tannins and a refined acidity extend the silky concentration of cherry and herbs on the finish.