Donna Elvira Settemazze Aglianico is a red wine that best expresses the Aglianico grape variety. Aglianico’s quality, compared to Nebbiolo, is sometimes called the Barolo of the south, due to its ability to produce high quality wines of such intensity and complexity.
The Aglianico vines at Donna Elvira are trellis trained, cane pruned (double branched guyot), with no de-budding but are given a green pruning to improve the canopy microclimate, reducing shoot density. Green harvesting is carried out to improve grape ripening. The Grapes were cultivated by hand in the vineyard near the cellar, called Grottoni where the soils are mostly clay & loam at an altitude of 450m above sea level.
Once at the vineyard, the grapes are destemmed, and macerated for about 15 days, followed by racking . After that, the must is transferred into stainless steel tanks and maintained at a controlled temperature (about 20-25 °C), where fermentation occurs, and lasts about 20 days with malolactic fermentation. It spends 12 months on lees, in the tank, and is racked twice during fermentation, and twice after fermentation. It is aged in the bottle for one month prior to release.
In the wine glass, the aromas are intense, complex and consistent. Fruity with persistent notes of cherry, strawberry and forest fruit, spice notes in particular vanilla, pepper, toasted coffee, chocolate and liquorice, and tobacco notes with a lovely mouthfeel and a substantial length.
We suggest pairing Settemazze Aglianico with game and roasted red meat. Delicious with a venison, pheasant, rib eye steak.
Awards: 2021 London Wine Competition Gold 92 Points