A youthful, forward and juicy example of Montepulciano. Textbook aromas of dark plum, blackberries and subtle anise seed. The palate is mid-weight with soft tannins and moderate acidity.
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.
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.
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.
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, full malolactic conversion is completed in tanks and the wine is aged for a further six months.