I Muri Bianco

Vigneti del Salento I Muri Bianco 2018 [75cl] Italy A vibrant, juicy blend of Malvasia, Chardonnay and Verdeca, this has resulted in a wine with lifted aromas of peaches and stone fruit with some citrus notes, which follow on to the palate. This wine is crisp with refreshing acidity.

This is Farnese’s venture in Puglia (they are also responsible for Gran Sasso, Zabù, Vesevo, Tufarello and others). The wines are made at two wineries in the province of Taranto on the western flank of Salento. The style of the wines - fresh whites, soft and generous reds - will be familiar to those who buy their other wines, as winemaker Filippo Baccalaro is the driving force behind this label. Filippo, a native of Piemonte, has been working in Puglia for almost two decades. He was attracted by the rich, ripe flavours of the fruit, and the ability to capture these flavours with minimal use of technology and a lot of know-how. Filippo has the latter, as is illustrated by these wines.

The vineyards are mostly situated in the communes of Manduria and Sava and are owned by growers with whom Filippo has been working with for many years. Production is lower than its potential, which ensures the best quality grapes are selected. The red soils are calcerous clay and rich in iron, minerals and nutrients. 80% of the grapes come from old bush vines and the rest from trained vines that are at least 20 years old.

The grapes were gently pressed and cooled to 10ºC. Yeasts were added to start fermentation, which took place under temperature controlled conditions of up to 20ºC. The wine was then transferred to oak barriques for a short time for fining before bottling.

34% Verdeca , 33% Chardonnay, 33% Malvasia.

Straw yellow in colour with golden reflections. Lifted aromas of peaches and stone fruit with some citrus notes, which follow on to the palate. This wine is crisp with refreshing acidity.