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Taurasi

Taurasi

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The King of Southern Italian wines is the right title for this ruby red heavyweight. Taurasi is a superb red wine, based on the Aglianico grape variety produced in the Province of Avellino in the Campania region. Taurasi was the first DOCG wine of Southern Italy, being awarded the DOCG status in 1993. According to DOCG regulations, Taurausi wines must be aged a minimum of 3 years prior to release with at least 1 of those years being in wood. Our Taurasi wine is full bodied with firm tannins, making this an elegant wine that has the potential to age beautifully for many years to come. Our Taurasi has an opaque ruby/purple colour in the glass, with a fruit flavour of black raspberries, plums and some dark cherries. 

Vinification process

After harvesting the grapes, between end-October and early-November, the grapes are macerated in cold conditions for about 2 days, while in a state of pre-fermentation. After this the wine is placed in temperature-controlled inox steel tanks for 15-16 days, while maintaining a temperature of ca. 24°C, thus reaching the stage of fermentation. After this, the wine is transferred to larger steel tanks, where it remains for a period of approximately 18 months to mature, followed by at least another 12 months in wooden barrels. Finally, the wine is bottled and placed in our cellars, where it rests for at least a year to develop into one of Italy’s noble wines.

Taste and aging

A late ripening varietal, Aglianico has fiery tannins and a firm structure. Aromas and flavours of black fruits, smoke and dark chocolate are common. As it ages the fruit becomes more pronounced and the tannins more balanced. At maturity, Taurasi displays a deep garnet colour and rich, satiny texture developing earth and dark fruit qualities.

Territory

Our Taurasi wine is made in the elevated hill area in the province of Avellino, near the village of Paternopoli in eastern Campania. The topography is one reason that Taurasi wines are so successful here. The vineyards are at an elevation of at least 450 to 500 metres above sea level. The soils are a mix of calcareous marls, clay and volcanic deposits. The limestone is often credited with providing the tannic bite so profound in Taurasi wines, as well as providing minerals, while the volcanic soil provide a smoky factor. The best climate for Taurasi wines is warm, while the area’s large fluctuations in temperature between day and night help give our wine its freshness, intense colour and aromas.  

Wine-Food combinations

As any full body wine, Taurasi is very good with hearty food (it can really overpower light dishes) particularly as an accompaniment to roasted red meats. It combines excellently with roasted or grilled meats, game, stews and aged cheeses. With Taurasi decanting the wine for a few hours is an absolute must especially if it's young. Best served at room temperature, or around 16-18°C.

Storing

There are a few relatively simple tips for aging good red wines: 
1) store the wine horizontally. This keeps the cork moist, enabling the wine to ‘breathe’. 
2) store the bottle in a relatively dark place. 
3) store it in a place with a constant temperature. 
4) don’t move it around too often. 
5) make sure the surroundings are at least slightly humid, as it prevents the cork from shrinking and allow for good exchange of air between the wine and its surroundings.