2016 Aglianico Luigi Maffini
This is a new wine from Luigi and is the result of the painstaking work that he has undertaken, to find the best expression of Aglianico, from his vineyards situated in the area of Guingano. Harvested by hand from a 1.3 hectare Cru and sorted twice prior to crushing, then fermented and aged for 12 months in new French oak barrels. It spends a further 2 years in bottle prior to release. Luigi strives to make a wine that is powerful and densely fruited, but that retains freshness, balance and poise, something that he achieves here with aplomb. The fruit is of the red spectrum and there is a beautifully integrated seam of spice that runs through the palate. This wine will age beautifully, if of course you can keep your hands off it. Siopé apparently means silence in ancient Greek, the sound that Luigi hears when he walks through his vineyards. Organically grown and just 3,080 bottles produced. Drinking range: 2020 - 2030 L&S (Jul 2020)
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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 boar, 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.
You can read more about the estate on Sarah Marsh's blog 'The English Nose'
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