Carminucci Casta Passerina, Marche 2020


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A dry, elegant and aromatic wine with fruity scents of citrus and apple complemented by delicate floral notes. Crisp and refreshing with lovely balance, mineral tones and a mouth-watering finish.

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Winery: Carminucci

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Passerina is an ancient and traditional grape variety from the Marche wine region of Central Italy, where it produces wines with an intense minerality. The berry's skin is relatively thick and this Italian variety produces high levels of natural sugars balanced by naturally high acidity. The grapes come from a vineyard located at 250 to 300 metres above sea-level. The soil is rich in minerals and clay, which combined with the sloping topography, is crucial for draining away excess soil moisture. A Mediterranean climate is found throughout the region, with average annual rainfall of 800 millimetres, mainly falling during the winter months, which builds water reserves in the soils, to nourish the vines throughout the typically hot and dry summers. The vineyards are cultivated following organic principles, herbicides and pesticides are not used. The grapes are manually harvested when they have reached optimal ripeness.

The grapes underwent 12 hours of maceration to extract the desired level of aromas and flavours. Following a gentle pressing, the must was clarified via cold static decanting and fermented at controlled temperatures in stainless steel. Ageing took place in stainless steel for three months allow the purity of fruit and the Marche terroir to be fully expressed.

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RRP £13.99
Vintage 2020
Alcoholic strength 12%
Serve with Fresh fish or delicate cheeses
Grapes Passerina 100%
Dry/Sweet value 1
Contains sulphites Yes
Vegetarian Yes
Vegan Yes
Milk No
Eggs No
Organic No
Biodynamic No
Closure Agglomerated cork

Established by Giovanni Carminucci in 1928, the Carminucci estate is now run by the founder's son, Piero, who produces high quality wines from organically farmed grapes. The 45 hectares of vines are grown between the municipalities of Offida and Grottammare and within famous, historic DOC territories of Rosso Piceno, Rosso Piceno Superiore, Falerio, Passerina and Pecorino DOCG. Yields are kept intentionally low, which combined with a modern approach in the winery, results in a sought-after collection of wines that truly reflect the grape and the terroir. The wines are highly acclaimed in Italy, winning multiple Italian awards and offer outstanding value for money.