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Agronika Montepulciano 2017

Vineyard: Novaripa
Region: Abruzzo
Country:Italy

Tasting Notes 


Dark ruby with purple hues. This Montepulciano has aromas of big red fruit, spice and leather. The palate follows through from the nose with integrated plush tannins and bright acidity.

Varieties


Montepulciano is a red wine grape variety grown widely in central Italy, most notably in the eastern regions Abruzzo, Marche and Molise. The most famous Montepulciano wines come from Abruzzo region, where volumes are produced on the low hills and flatlands around the Adriatic coast and marketed under the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC title. Appreciated for their soft flavours, strong colour and gentle tannins, Montepulciano wines are typically best consumed in their youth and with food.

Region


Abruzzo is an Italian wine region on the east (Adriatic) coast. In terms of quantitative wine production, it remains Italy’s fifth most prominent region after Sicily, Puglia, Veneto and Emilia-Romagna. The geographical makeup of Abruzzo is quite remarkable. A rugged, mountainous region with a lengthy coastline, its lush, green landscape is scattered with national parks and forests. Abruzzo is ideally situated between the Adriatic sea to the east and the Apennine mountain range and the Maiella massif to the west. The region is home to Gran Sasso, one of Italy’s highest peaks at 2912 masl. The high altitudes see dramatic diurnal temperature variations which, when combined with cool mountain air currents, moderate the temperatures in the vineyards situated on the slopes. This provides a perfect mesoclimate for vines with the most favourable growing conditions being found in the low hills of Teramo, the Colline Teramane.

Vineyard


Novaripa was founded in 1969 as a cooperative of 20 growers. Today, the winery works with more than 400 growers, covering more than 700 hectares of vineyards throughout Abruzzo.

Winemaking


Hand-picked grapes are vinified with skin contact in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 28-30°C. Once the alcoholic fermentation is complete, the malolactic fermentation starts. Aged in stainless steel tanks.

Cellar Profile


The winery was founded in 1969 as a cooperative between 20 individual growers in Abruzzo, one of Italy’s most productive wine growing regions. Today, there are 400 grower members with 700 hectares of vineyards. Soils here are calcareous clay, created by runoff from the towering Apennine Mountains to the west. The moderating influence of the Adriatic Sea to the east, as well as the cool evenings in spring and fall, help temper some of the hot days during the growing season. With an eye towards tradition, Novaripa produces wines made with indigenous grape varieties that have grown here for millenia—Passerina, Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, Pecorino and old vines of the ubiquitous Montepulciano d’Abruzzo—along with international varieties such as Pinot Grigio. Buyers+Cellars is proud to represent Novaripa’s Agronika and Sagoma brands in Ontario.

Wine Type: Red

Variety: Montepulciano

Classification: DOC

Appellation: Abruzzo

Gradient: 250 masl

Soil: Clay

Farming Practice: Sustainable

Residual Sugar: 4 g/L

Alcohol: 13%

Malolactic: Yes

Bottle Size: 750 ml

Acidity: 5.5 g/L; pH 3.5

Other Practices: Sustainable