Ceppaiolo - 2015 Ceppa Rosso
Here's a story. In a secret Umbrian garden – full of wild flowers, birdnests and wildlife – you'll find Ceppaiolo, an astoundingly small 'vineyard' with a mere 4 rows of some of the oldest, rarest vines; totalling less than a hectare. The cellar is no more than a stone shed surrounded by bombed-out old fiats, housing 1950s winemaking equipment including an old vertical press – the only technology used in the entire winemaking process. This teeny scale allows Danilo, or the 'Yoda of natural wine' as he's referred to in Italy, to do things his own way, with microscopic attention to detail and utter freedom. His winemaking takes minimalism to new heights – no pumping, no technology; just an old barrel, a coupla resin tanks, a cement vat and some demijohns.
This magical potion is a red/white mix of Sangiovese and Trebbiano, wild fermented with 10 days on skins and aged in cement. It tastes of all things red – sour cherry, strawberry, redcurrent, rosey cheeks, love. Free from added sulphur and synthetic additives; just pure fermented Umbrian juice. So vivacious; an elixir of life.
Varietal Sangiovese, Trebbiano || Region Umbria, Italy || ABV 11.5% || Vol 750ml