2016 Fiano Luigi Maffini
Perfumed and fresh with peach and apricot, wild flowers, touch of lime. Palate is zesty with lime juice, peach flesh, mineral, crisp acid but generous fruit extract, gently perfumed very satisfying. This is now the second vintage that is certified Organic. L&S (Feb 2017)
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Luigi Maffini's vineyards are on the coast of Campania, south of Naples, across the bay from Positano, and planted with the local grapes, Fiano for the whites and Aglianico for the reds. While the family's first vines were planted in the seventies, the real beginning of this winery dates from 1996.
Luigi and his wife Raffaella are both graduates of Naples university in agricultural sciences. Luigi specialised in viticulture and winemaking. Ten years elapsed between our first tasting of his wines and getting Luigi 'on board', but he has now been with L&S since 2009.
Raffaella and Luigi run the vineyards organically, and share the land with their two children and three dogs, as well as hares, foxes, hedgehogs, hawks and wild boars, with which they are happy to live in peace. There are now two vineyard sites, at Castellabate and Giungano, so some of the wines are DOC Cilento and some DOC Paestum.
From a blend of different vineyards on the 15ha property, this is an elegant, delicate Fiano with citrus fruit and honey hints. While no oak is used, the palate shows weight and a creamy mouthfeel derived from the couple of months on its lees and the extremely low yields. This is a serious food wine. Rating: 90 Christelle Guibert, Decanter (Jun 2017)
Another longstanding L&S Italian favourite, this utterly beguiling, exotically scented southern Italian white has a gorgeously fragrant peachy nose, just a hint of honey, too, but then it's just so juicy and keen on the palate, finishing with a touch of smoky minerality. Rating: 90 www.thewinegang.com (Mar 2017)
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