Who makes it?
Vigneti del Vulture was previously a cooperative that is now privately owned. It is now owned by the Fantini Group along with a slew of other wine labels and wineries across Italy.
This wine proves that not all wines from Vulture is boldly red. Vulture is a wine region located in the Basilicata region of Southern Italy where the dominant feature is the now inactive volcano, Monte Vulture. Undoubtedly, that volcano left a rich legacy in the soil which now produces the iconic Aglianico del Vulture. Of course, it also produces some fine white wines and these two varieties: Greco and Fiano are southern Italian specialities.
How do they make it?
The team from Vigneti del Vulture source these varieties from higher altitude vineyards and from 25-30 year old vines. In this case, they demonstrate a harmonious and richly perfumed blend with great balance.
This white Pipoli is a blend of 50/50 Greco and Fiano. The blend is fermented in stainless steel and then spends some time on lees. This adds some underlying flesh and just a hint of pastry spice.
What does it taste like?
There is a light savouriness to the intense perfume of this wine. Elderflower floral notes are joined with citrus, peach and pineapple. Previous vintages have seen this wine left with a slightly higher residual sugar. The vintage I have recently tasted, 2020, has just over 4 g/L. It certainly remains well balanced with soft, fresh acid and gives a gentle roundness to the fuller body.
What to drink it with?
Vigneti del Vulture Pipoli Basilicata Greco-Fiano certainly does not require food at all. However, it is versatile, so any grilled seafood, pork or chicken will work here as well as something like a rich quiche.
A good match with fresh cheeses, such as chevre, or bloomy cheeses, such as brie & camembert.
Quickie review « The savoury hint of this wine makes this a very more-ish white wine. »
Country of Origin: Vulture, Basilicata IGP, Italy
Tasting Date: April 2022
Price: UK £13 | USD $17++ | €8
Drink: now – 3+ years
Needs food: no
If you’d like to see a previous vintage of the Pipoli, why not check out:
Vigneti del Vulture Pipoli Basicilata Greco-Fiano
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