The Mastroberardino family, leaders in Italian viticulture, are largely responsible for the revival and elevation of Irpinian and Campanian winemaking post WWII. Their efforts ignited a resurgence in quality red and white wine production in all of Southern Italy. Working primarily with Campania’s ancient, native varietals, Fiano, Greco, and Aglianico, Mastroberardino has resuscitated would-be extinct grapes into world class varieties.
The powerful, age worthy Aglianico grape, native to Campania, has been produced into wine since Ancient Roman times. However, the grape fell into near extinction until the late 1940’s, when the Mastroberardino family begin a comprehensive restoration project at their estate in Irpinia. Careful site selection and clonal propagation has led to the production of some Italy’s finest red wines. The Mastro Aglianico is an excellent introduction to this varietal.
TERROIR & VINTAGE NOTES
Mastro Aglianico is produced from various estate vineyards characterized mainly by chalky-clay soils. Sitting at an average 350m a.s.l. with South-East exposures, the vines are Espalier-trained and Guyot-pruned. Vines are planted at a density of 3,000 vines/ha, with an average yeild of 8,000 kg/ha (7,140 lbs/acres) and 2,6 kg/vine (5,80 lbs/vine).
WINEMAKING & AGEING
Vinified in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature. Refinement for at least one month in bottle before release.
Ruby red. This fresh, youthful red has notes of strawberry, cherry, blackberry and violet flowers. The palate is smooth, medium-bodied, with red fruits on the palate and a fruity finish. Pairs well with a variety of light appetizers, fresh tomato sauce-based dishes and roasted chicken.