Michele Biancardi crafts his wines in the cellar that his greatgrandparents built over 100 years ago. We first shipped two wines from him last summer (you may already be familiar with the Solo Fiano and Uno Piu Uno?) and these proved so popular that we have expanded the range. The vineyard is fully organically certified, with no synthetic fertilisers or pesticides used and minimal technology is applied in the winery, letting the wines speak for themselves.
The Minutolo grape variety was thought for centuries to be a sub-variety of Fiano, but recent research has shown it to be a separate variety in its own right. It is certainly aromatic, but with such a refreshing lemony lick of acidity that you are almost transported to the warmer climes of Puglia with the sea breeze and warm sun on your face. A delightful nose of pear and green apple is followed by a citrus-fresh, and floral finish on the palate. Perfect on its own but matches well with grilled prawns in lemon butter.
Primitivo (also known as Zinfandel in other parts of the world) has its ancestral home in this part of Italy. After being hand-picked and sorted, the grapes are vinified in stainless steel to maintain their fresh fruit character, then left to settle in oak vats for 10 months allowing the wine to soften and harmonise. The result is succulent bramble fruit, with gentle tannins and a fresh finish. This is a medium bodied wine that is perfectly enjoyable on its own, or if you’re feeling experimental in the kitchen, keep it local and try it with spaghetti puttanesca, a punchy pasta dish.