Feudo Antico, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Biologico, DOP, Abruzzo, Italy, 2022
Feudo Antico was created on a small plot of land in the heart of Abruzzo. It is in Italy's smallest DOP and the first designation of its kind in Abruzzo.
Starting from the 2013 vintage, all wines are Magis certified, the most advanced project for the sustainability of wine production in Italy. Currently their 15 hectares are cultivated using native varieties producing limited yields to ensure quality is retained. Clearly they highly value the land they work and this attitude is continued in the winery where the fruit and wine come into contact with no wood whatsoever, only concrete and glass. This guarantees the purity of the fruit, and its flavours, are conveyed from the vineyard direct to the glass.
To comply with the rules of the PDO, the density of cultivation must be no less than 3,300 vines per hectare, vinification and bottling must be carried out within the area, and grapes coming from vineyards located on the valley floor or situated at less than 80m above sea level are not permitted. The vines produce limited yields.
Only organic or low environmental impact winemaking techniques are used and wines are matured in glass-concrete containers and bottled in the cellar to ensure thermal stability without resorting to refrigeration, and to allow the wine to express its natural qualities without coming into contact with wood. Only wild fermentation is used for the organic wines with minimal processing and no filtering.
No oak ageing
Coming from vines with well established and ancient roots, this is a robust red with a big persona, complex aromas and fruity notes, finished off with elegant spicy hints.
Barbecued seared steak, lamb hot pot.
6 x 75cl
Award: James Suckling 90 Points