2018 Fiano Luigi Maffini
A beautifully fresh vintage - rainy days and wet spring started things off - but once summer season landed - all was set fair for a classic vintage. We tasted this with Luigi just after it was bottled in late March. Already this is lovely; bright and fresh - but there is a round richness to the fruit here - this will meld together and minerality will rise with a moment in the bottle. For Luigi this was too young to taste and too fruity.. but he was right when he said 'everything is in place to be a great Kratos, it just needs time. Now that this has landed in the UK we are very pleased with it. The last three months have been good for the wine - looking very impressive, ideal summer drinking. A gorgeous 'Loire White' alternative - fresh and bright but with juicy, sleek feel. (The yield is higher than 2017 where they lost 35%) L&S (May 2019)
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Luminous straw-green. Very clean on the nose and in the mouth; ripe apple and pear nuances expand slowly with aeration. Not the brightest, most lifted Kratos ever made by Maffini, but it showcases good palate presence and weight. Probably still needs a little time in the cellar to show best. Drinking range: 2021 - 2023 Rating: 91+ Ian d'Agata, www.vinousmedia.com(Nov 2019)
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.
You can read more about the estate on Sarah Marsh's blog 'The English Nose'
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