Qvevri Don Alfio, Vino di Anna, 2016
The fourth qvevri wine to be released from the bio-dynamically farmed “Don Alfio” vineyard which is located at 900 metres above the village of Rovitello. 90 – 100+ year old bush vines of Nerello Mascalese were hand harvested in the middle of October from this isolated 0.6 hectare plot. The grapes were 100% de-stemmed by hand into a 1500 litre Georgian qvevri, buried in the underground cellar. Alcoholic fermentation was conducted by indigenous yeasts. Upon completion the qvevri was closed and allowed to macerate for 4 months on skins. It was then pressed and the wine returned to a smaller qvevri for another winter. It was bottled in May 2018 being neither fined nor filtered.
This wine has attractive aromas of dark cherries and dried fruit with floral notes. The palate is spicy, with liquorice, chocolate and savoury undertones. It has a firm acid backbone which is balanced by a depth of flavour and well-structured tannins. In its youth, these tannins are mouth-filling and austere, with time, they soften and integrate and become ethereal in nature.
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