Decugnano dei Barbi - Mare Antico, Bianco, Orvieto Classico Superiore DOC, Italy (2019)
A lovely nose of hazelnut skins, dried lemon peel, yellow flowers and yellow peaches.
Harvested by hand and fermented in stainless steel tanks for 15-20 days at 14°-16°C. 5% was fermented in new French oak, without malolactic fermentation. The wine spent 12 months in bottle before market release.
Nestled outside the medieval town of Orvieto, the Decugnano estate was under the ownership of the Church from 1212 until the unification of Italy in 1861, when the estate was sold to private investors. In 1973 it passed into the hands of the Barbi family, wine merchants since the 1920s, whose work has elevated the quality of the estate’s wines to new levels and gained international recognition for the protected designation of origin of Orvieto Classico DOC.
In contrast to the rest of the Orvieto Classico DOC, the soil is of marine origin, dating from the Pliocene epoch with oyster fossils and seashells providing rich calcium content amongst clay. Constant ventilation and marked diurnal temperature variation helps retain acidity and aromas.