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Zero Added Sulphite[ Vegan
Irpinia Aglianico Gioviano - Buon Vino Natural Wines
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Irpinia Aglianico Gioviano Il Cancelliere 2016

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One Line Description Gioviano Irpinia Aglianico Il Cancelliere, natural wine, hearty, rich, deep and full bodied.
Production Method Natural, Organic
Country Italy Italian
Region Campania, Italy
Producer Il Cancelliere
Vintage 2016
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Blend 100% Aglianico
Alcohol 14.5% abv
Terroir Clay, limestone
Total Sulphur Level 16 mg/l
Maturation 1 year in a combination of stainless steel, slavonian oak botti, chestnut barrels and then after assemblage, 12 months in bottle
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential 10 years plus
Production Detail Organic, wild yeast, no temp control or sulphur, fining or filtering
Natural Features Low Sulphite (Sulphur), Zero Added Sulphites (Sulphur), Vegan, Unfined, Unfiltered


Gioviano Irpinia Aglianico Il Cancelliere, natural wine, hearty, rich, deep and full bodied. Aged in 3 different vessels, including chestnut barrels, and big slavonian oak botti, this is zero intervention wine making at its best. The aromas of leather and spice are woven discreetly into the heady dried fruit and prune characteristics of the wine. Although maturing nicely Gioviano still displays fantastic freshness and this vintage although powerful displays elegance and poise. Delicious Aglianico and fantastic value for money. They call this variety the Barolo of the South and with Gioviano, you get plenty of the character of 'The Wine of Kings' and at a fraction of the price. Gioviano is very powerful, like the previous vintage, very structured with sumptuous dark fruits, held with tight, firm tannins and finished with a long, lush mouth feel. For any manner of meat dishes, steaks on the BBQ, Game and more.

Il Cancelliere is all about family. Claudio runs the business, although he also works full time for a telecoms firm as a senior manager. He races to the office Italian style at 150 km/h at 6 am, does a full day, running 7 km at lunch, returns home at 160 km/h making calls to his importers around the world while negotiating the truly bonkers Italian motorways and sipping from a take away coffee. The guy is all energy, pocket sized, talks at 200 km/h and is a great guy to boot! He became wine maker by default, Cancelliere is his Wife's family name and the small 5 hectare estate have been in her family for many generations. Like many small growers in Irpinia, up until quite recently they sold the grapes to larger wineries like Feudi di San Gregorio but when Claudio came along, they started to think about producing their own wine. The vineyards have always been organic, it has always been their way, so natural production was a given. The vineyards are simply stunning, over looking the Valley of Irpinia on the slopes below the small town of Montemarano. The vineyards are about 350 metres above sea level, some of the wines are around 40 - 50 years old with the oldest in the Taurasi vineyard being nearer 80 years. They grow only Aglianico, working the land by hand with a small (knackered) tractor and Signor 'Il Cancelliere' Claudio's father in law (now in his mid 70s) still the main vineyard worker. Claudio's sister in law helps sort the orders and organise the cellar and his wife helps run the office (oh and she works too, who ever said they don't work in the south!). Cancelliere is Aglianico as nature intended, rich and full bodied, tannic and full of gutsy, earthy flavours. They rarely add any sulphur with the all 3 wines being around 15-20 mg/l total sulphur. The wines are open and alive although Aglianico is a beast of a grape and needs time to temper its aggressive and animalistic character. Try these wines, they are honest and reassuringly rustic reflections of the wine of Campania.


2Reviews For Irpinia Aglianico Gioviano Il Cancelliere 2016

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    David W24/05/2016

    You could cut this with a knife it's so full bodied, but loads of interesting spice flavours going on with a nice core of soft fruits.

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    John A01/03/2016

    I hate to disagree with Rob, but gentle was not the word that came to mind. However, all those that did were complimentary! A big fruity hit with a long, soft, well balanced follow through and a dry finish that encouraged another mouthful. Went down very well with duck confit.

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