Aglianico's ancient origins take it back to cultivation in Roman times from a variety thought to have been introduced centuries earlier by Greek colonisers, researchers thinking that its age to be around 2800 years old! Gives a different perspective to the saying as old as the hills, doesn't it ? The grape's name is also thought to be a corruption of the Vitis Hellenica, the Italian for Greek vine, which lasted until the 15th century when its present name took effect.
The Calabria Aglianico is deep ruby in colour. An intriguing and heady mix on the nose of sour cherry, raspberry, black pepper and dark chocolate with funky smokey notes, which are really attractive. Subtle hints of lavender and mint leaf too. Quite minerallly on the palate with dry cocoa powder tannins. A tart savoury acid grip keeps the rich fruit flavours across the mid-palate, balanced. There is a silky textured mouthfeel at the back end but with that earthy quality common to some European varieties. A long, satisfying and savoury finish. Medium to full bodied and complex, this wine is all about fire and brimstone yet at the same time there is seductive elegance about it.
Source: Winery Sample. Alcohol: 14.0%. Closure: Screwcap. Price: $14.95. Rating: 93+ Points.