2017 Altopiano Rosso, Feudo Antico, Terre di Chieti
This delightful Montepulciano from Abruzzo is a real crowd pleaser. There are no harsh tannins or bitter notes, instead there is just a profusion of ripe summer berry flavours. It's light to medium bodied and easy to drink on its own as well as with food.
Feudo Antico was created on a small plot of land in the heart of Abruzzo. It is in Italy's smallest DOP and the first designation of its kind in Abruzzo. Starting from the 2013 vintage, all wines are Magis certified, the most advanced project for the sustainability of wine production in Italy. Currently their 15 hectares are cultivated using native varietials producing limited yields to ensure quality is retained. Clearly they highly value the land they work and this attitude is continued in the winery where the fruit and wine come into contact with no wood whatsoever, only concrete and glass, to guarrantee the purity of the fruit is conveyed from the vineyard direct to the glass.
To comply with the rules of the PDO, the density of cultivation must be no less than 3,300 vines per hectare, vinification and bottling must be carried out within the area, and grapes coming from vineyards located on the valley floor or situated at less than 80m above sea level are not permitted. The vines produce limited yields.
Only organic or low environmental impact winemaking techniques are used and wines are matured in glass-concrete containers and bottles in the cellar, with the exception of Reserve wines, to ensure thermal stability without resorting to refrigeration, and to allow the wine to express its natural qualities without coming into contact with wood. Only wild fermentation is used for the organic wines with minimal processing and no filtering.