Monastero Suore Cistercensi - 2019 Ruscum
Nuns making natty wine. It’s a thing. About an hour north of Rome, the sisters of the Monastero Suore Cisterci craft holy grape water under the guidance of natural vino pioneer Paolo Bea. Obeying the Benedictine principle of 'ora et labora’ (pray and work), the 80 women farm organically 5ha of vineyards, orchards and gardens, and vinify using indigenous yeasts – all without any machinery. This amber wine is a blend of local white varietals: Trebbiano, Malvasia del Lazio and Verdicchio, wild fermented separately for about 3 weeks with no temperature control. Aged 5 months in concrete and stainless steel tanks, then bottled unfined/unfiltered the following Autumn. Medium bodied, it tastes like a smile from a stranger: unexpected yet tender. Generous mouth-filling texture with savoury notes singing through choirs of wild berries and aromatic herbs. A glimmer of something spicy in there too. Wow, so textural and contemplative. This is a virtuous vino that purifies the dirtiest of drinkers. Only a handful made each year, so say your prayers. AMEN.
Variety Trebbiano, Malvasia, Verdicchio || Region Lazio, Italy || ABV 13% || Vol 750ml