Classico Monte delle Vigne
|Origin||Italy, Emilia Romagna|
Clay and limestone soils, farmed organically since 2012, 60 Hectares, founded in 1983. Lambrusco Classico; 15g Residual Fresh bright black cherry, blackberry fruit, some ferment notes, mouthfeel is ripe and fresh, nice depth of dark cherry and plum, blackberry fruit, decent grip and fresh acidity. 100% Lambrusco Maestri L&S (Apr 2016)
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Monte delle Vigne
Having started out in 1983 with a small farm of 15 hectares (just 7 hectares under vine), Andrea Ferrari produced his first wine, Nabucco, in 1992. This placed the winery on the map as it was the first still red wine produced in the Parma region, which until this point had only ever produced sparkling wine. Since 2012 the vineyard has been farmed entirely organically and they are now making a small range of fantastic sparkling wines too, as befits the area - Monte delle Vigne has come of age!
Over the years, the winery has grown in size, notably in 2004 when they combined forces with neighbour and Parmesan entrepreneur, Paolo Pizzarotti whose collaboration has added more vines and much energy to the project.
Located just south-west of Parma at 300m altitude, in the hills which lead from the Po Valley to the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, the vineyard is beautifully situated. Laid out strategically with white varieties facing east and the reds facing west to ensure perfect ripening. It is well placed to benefit from a large diurnal difference in temperature with cool air rushing down from the Apennines higher peaks which reach over a 1000m. This allows the grapes to develop elegance, aromatic refinement, complexity and lengthens the ‘hang-time’ for the bunches on the vines.
Respecting nature is a key to what they do here. At the heart of the property there is a new, perfectly integrated underground winery, that allows gravitational pressing. It has been designed to achieve the highest quality results from what nature offers. The aim is to combine tradition with innovation and they are making some sublime wines - we are delighted to add two Lambruschi to our list.
A world apart from the mean and pallid bottom-shelf supermarket fizz with which it unfortunately shares a name, this authenthic Italian red fizz is a joyful mouthful of fresh foaming blackberry and black cherry juice, tempered with lightly grippy tannins and a touch of balsamic sweetness that works so well with Italian antipasti. Rating: 88 www.thewinegang.com (Mar 2017)
You want effervescence? Then try this superbly refreshing lambrusco with its bouncy fruit flavours of blackcurrant, cherry and plum allied with an elegant acidity that brings a sparkle to anyone’s glass. From a vineyard that’s been farmed organically since 2012. John Clarke (Feb 2017)
A foamy blackberry sorbet of a wine with a deliciously dry finish. Olly Smith, The Mail on Sunday (Jan 2017)
Off dry and lively. Easy. Honest. Bring on the salami! Drinking range: 2016 - 2017 Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com
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