Medium-bodied, crunchy, tannic, bright, juicy. 750ml bottle. Vegan.
‘No chemistry in the vineyard, no technology in the cellar, natural wine’ read many of the label on the bottles of Conestabile della Staffa. For more than 200 years from the 1700s, Conestabile della Staffa produced some of the finest wines in the region but with two world wars came a diminished farming workforce and from 1956, the estate ceased to make anything, forcing the vineyard to sell off their grapes each year over the subsequent decades to make other people’s wine... and then Danilo Marcucci came along. Former student of architecture and one-time Umbrian wine-seller, Danilo turned to natural winemaking in the early 2000s after discovering first-hand what the chemicals in industrially produced wines can do to the body. This red is the first in our portfolio to be released from a 2020 harvest, an unforgettable year for all of us, but as this wine proves, it wasn’t not all bad. Fully natural and unfiltered, made with wild yeast and no added sulphites, this red was made using a semi-carbonic maceration method in which Danilo de-stalked the bunches but allowed fermentation to begin within the grapes themselves without them being crushed first. The wine was then aged for a short time in a 1970s fibreglass tank that looks a little bit like a spaceship and can be seen on the label. Crunchy, tannic, super fresh and yet cosy too - who knew 2020 would be so good... to drink!