2017 Sophia Magnum
High in the hills of Campania, Antonio and Daniela De Gruttola work with old vineyards to celebrate and preserve the region’s native varietals, old vines and traditional practices. In the vineyard, everything is done by hand and the low-yielding vines are tended organically. Grapes are vinified naturally without temperature control – fermentation can continue for months – and wines are raised in a combination of terracotta amphorae and large casks made from local woods. Bottled unfiltered with no additions at all, the resulting vinos vividly encapsulate time and place.
Sophia is 100% Greco, which were foot stomped in small amphorae made with local clay. Grapes spent six months on skins before being pressed off to acacia and chestnut casks. 2017 is a generous vintage, a very classic Sophia. Serve it at 12C with pork on the spit cured with fennel seeds and lemon rind. Go on.