GRECO DI MATERA
2018 Le Paglie DOC Battifarano
Before being reclaimed from the sea in the 1950s the 'Paglie di Battifarano' was damp marshland - but now is the heart of the family's white wine vineyards. This pure Greco is fantastic. Brightly aromatic with good spice and kick. On the palate there is nice intensity and a notable weight of fruit, but great crisp acidity underpins this deep slab. The profile is fresh, some lemon, some pineapple and that soft ginger note once again. Delicious and completely charming wine which will make a great aperitivo or pair happily with fresher summer suppers. L&S (Apr 2019)
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This is not the Greco di Tufo of Campania, but Greco di Matera of Basilicata – an attractive alfresco sipper with a pleasingly spicy quality backed up by juicy stone fruit flavours and etched with a citrusy freshness on the finish. Drinking range: 2020 - 2021 Rating: 88 Decanter Magazine(Jun 2020)
Zesty citrus peel underpinned by a saline, mineral core, a warming toasted almond intensity and a lavish grapefruit finish. Rating: Silver Decanter World Wine Awards 2019(Jul 2019)
If Italy is a boot, you'll find this brilliant winery on the coast in the arch of the foot, in the southern part of Basilicata. The Battifarano farm has been owned and worked by the same family for more than five centuries.
The focus moved to wine in the 1930s and Francesco, who currently heads up the family business, is the second generation to be a trained agronomist.
This has lead to a great focus on identifying the perfect sites for each of the different varieties grown here. The aim is, to as transparently as possible, transfer their great terroir into the wine in every bottle.
Minimal interventions are made and the results speak for themselves. These are the very purest expressions of the local Basilicata varieties Primitivo and Greco, dishing up excellent value, top quality wines that are simply a pleasure to drink.
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