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Producer: A ManoGrape Varieties: 70% Fiano Minutolo , 30% GrecoOptimum Drinking: Within 3 yearsWine Style: Fresh fruity whiteAlcohol by Volume: 12.5%Closure: ScrewcapCountry: Italian
Mark Shannon and Elvezia Sbalchiero, the duo behind A Mano, have worked in the wine business for most of their lives. Elvezia is a northern Italian wine marketing expert and Mark is a Californian winemaker. They fell in love with Puglia and, when they decided to start their own label, made it their home. By producing wines of quality, Mark and Elvezia have succeeded in making Primitivo one of Italy's most talked about grape varieties. They pay high prices for the best grapes from 70-100 year old vines and focus solely on quality and a modern style. After over fifteen vintages, they are now getting access to some of Salento's best grapes.
The A Mano Fiano and Greco vineyards are situated in Valle d’ Itria, in the heart of Puglia. The valley provides a constant airflow from the Adriatic sea to the warmer interior regions of Puglia. The fresh breezes lower the night time temperatures, encouraging the development of the lovely perfumes in the grapes. The soils are well-drained on a soft rock base. This wine is made from the Fiano Minutolo clone from Puglia, which resembles Riesling or Viognier, as opposed to the Fiano di Avellino which is used to make the DOC wines from Campania.
2019 was a difficult harvest in Puglia. There were unseasonally cold temperatures May and early June, which are critical times for all plants. Unusually heavy rain in July caused a renewal of the vegetative cycle when the plants should have been starting the maturity process. It was a year for flexibility and technology. The ability to select vineyards and the knowledge of how and when to intervene were critical. Through hard work, A Mano have nevertheless produced excellent fruit.
Ripe grapes were pressed and fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks for 10 weeks. A small portion of the Fiano grapes were dried until the end of October, after which they were pressed and the juice was blended into the wine at the very end of fermentation.
Full of aromas of white peaches, apricots, lychees and roses. The perfume of a fine German wine, the racy acidity, the mouth coating body and freshness that always leaves you wanting another sip. The body is full and satisfying with a fresh acidity and a light spritz from the cold, long fermentation.
Slightly off dry to my taste. Best not too cold when it has more flavour and some tropical tastes.This is actually my second case of this wine. Everyone who has tried it has finished their glass and held it out for more. Good with food or without.
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