Podere Veneri Vecchio – Nigrum 2017
Podere Veneri Vecchio’s 2017 Nigrum is made of 100% Aglianico, from vines planted on clayey, tuffaceous soil at 250 metres altitude. After a manual harvest around mid-September, the grapes were destemmed, crushed and loaded into wooden vats, where they macerated with their skins for 35 days. Fermentation took place with indigenous yeasts, without additions or temperature control. After pressing, the wine was aged for 8 months on its lees in chestnut barrels. It was then bottled unfiltered and unfined, with no sulphites added.
Podere Veneri Vecchio’s 2017 Nigrum has a bright ruby-red color with an intense, powerful nose, filled with aromas of smoky cherries, dark forest fruits, cacao, balsamico and spices. On the palate it’s medium-bodied, fresh and mineral-laden, with ripe tannins and notes of tart red and black fruits, dark chocolate, sweet spices and an earthy touch. Pairs perfectly with mushroom- and meat-based dishes, especially with stewed ossobuco.
About Podere Veneri Vecchio
Located in the Campanian town of Castelvenere, Raffaele Annicchiarico runs Podere Veneri Vecchio. After working for years as a microbiologist at a multinational company, in 1999 he made his dream come true and bought a farmhouse surrounded by a few hectares of vineyards and acacia trees. He immediately banned chemical herbicides, pesticides and fungicides from his vineyards, instead relying on extracts prepared from nettle, horsetail, garlic and others plants found around his estate. The stunning natural wines he makes there reflect his unconditional love for the land from which they originate.