Bright ruby in colour, with aromas of strawberry, cherry, rose petal and cinnamon. Flavours expand on the aroma, with cherry, pomegranate, strawberry, sun warmed earth and citrus acidity buoyed by light, consistent fizz. Cinnamon, cherry and orange zest linger between each fizzy sip. 100% Montepulciano grapes.
Organic and Biodynamic farming. Indigenous yeasts, aged in stainless steel vats.
Red Montepulciano grapes are manually harvested in early September to retain their natural acidity and fresh fruit aromatics. They are gently pressed so that the must retains a subtle pink hue and the wines are transferred to stainless steel tanks with one portion kept aside at low temperatures so that the alcoholic fermentation does not take off. Once the large tank is fermented mostly dry, it is blended with sweet grape must and bottled to produce a Pink Pet Nat. It will be slightly cloudy as the wine is not disgorged after the second fermentation that takes place in the bottle.
Winemaker: Francesco Cirelli. Here is a farmer and winemaker who worked high-profile jobs in several of France and Italy’s famous cellars and could’ve rooted his own project anywhere, but chose to return to Abruzzo, his homeland, in 2003, buying a small estate just 8 km from the sea. And he’s been challenging conventions and pushing the boundaries since he landed.
His organically-farmed estate includes not only vineyards but olive trees, garlic, spelt, wheat, barley, figs, and geese – a complete ecosystem. In the cellar, he’s experimenting with amphora, adds nothing but tiny SO2 at bottling and basically lets his wines evolve as they wish. He’s trying to make authentic wine, not important wine – wine that is “a magic potion for joy and communion”, in his words.