NGERINGA Aglianico 2021 750mL
A lighter example of this Southern Italian variety. A slight hint of reduction, herbal notes, nutmeg and cherries. On the palate there is a presence of zippy acid and crisp tannins. Overall a light to medium bodied red.
Our Aglianico grapes are grown on a steep westerly facing slope of the Rufus Vineyard at about 360m above sea level, on rocky red ironstone and schist over clay. Quite a challenging vineyard site - facing west it receives the intense summer afternoon sun and often is exposed to characteristic winds of the Adelaide Hills. From the top of this vineyard in the distance, however, one can see Lake Alexandrina and the mouth of the Murray River, consequently receiving cooling evening breezes, which do much to preserve fruit acids and flavours through the critical weeks of ripening. Only 500 vines planted.
A small batch of Aglianico made from about 300kg of grapes. All the bunches were de-stemmed, wild yeast fermented, gently extracted by daily hand plunging for two weeks. Then 11 months maturation in one older French oak barrique. 324 bottles were made for our first release of this variety.
Closure: Stelvin Screw Cap
The wines of 2021 have come together beautifully, after a near perfect growing season and vintage conditions. For the first time in a few years we had reasonable winter rains going into the spring of 2020 and also some good follow-up rains right into early summer.
There was no late season frost, no hail, and amazing weather conditions during flowering. We also had a much milder than average summer in 2021 with no severe heat spikes. This resulted in a perfectly long ripening season and optimal ripening conditions.
It’s rare that amazing quality, concentration of flavour and finesse comes together with such generous quantity. Truly an outstanding vintage.