di Marzo. Greco di Tufo
Greco di Tufo DOCG
Lime and wild Mediterranean flowers on the nose, crisp flinty, citrus and kiwi fruit with real depth and force. A statuesque, perfectly formed wine. 13%
20,000 bottles made
A magnificent original born in 1647 when, in a move to escape a plague sweeping through Naples, Ferrante’s descendants decamped to Tufo, travelling with their treasured Greco vines. The effect of the sulphur-rich, volcanic soils on the vines was remarkable, an icon was born. Like all classics it has evolved as tastes, technologies and the climate have changed. This vineyard blend is the latest incarnation of Di Marzo’s Greco ‘Classico’; quite definitely a new model, no facelift. The label features futuristic artwork from the C19th and the bottle has returned to a traditional fluted shape; the real change however was the arrival of winemaker Vincenzo Mercurio who established a new style and a new confidence, his influence on this wine is marked.
The vineyards are at an altitude of 450m in the hamlets of San Paolo and Santa Lucia; the soils are a mixture of sulphur, chalk and clay. The prevailing aspect is southwest, the vines are 20 years old on average and are planted at around 3000 vines per hectare, using a Guyot system.
The grapes are harvested by hand in the middle of October, bunches are de-stemmed, gently pressed and only the free running juice (the resulting juice from a light pressing) is used. Fermentation is underground in small temperature-controlled steel tanks; each had to be commissioned to fit into this eccentric and ancient cantina. Selected yeasts are used for the fermentation and the wine remains on the lees for six months. Over this period it goes through a partial malolactic conversion.