Valdibella Agape 2018

Winemaker: Nino Vilardi

Region: Camporeale, Sicily,

Italy

Grapes: 100% Nerello

Mascalese

Alcohol: 12.5%

Sulphur: 29 mg/L (total)

Suitable for vegans: Yes

Altitude: 300m

Total area farmed: 50 ha

of vines (part of 250 ha of

productive farmland)

Soils: Primarily limestone and

clay

Age of vines: 7 yrs old

Viticulture: Organic (certified).


Vineyards: Valdibella is a

cooperative project, working

with grapes from 10 growers

in the Camporeale region.

They are all organic at the very

least, though the Valdibella

ethos pushes all their members

towards a biodiverse and

regenerative agriculture

model, using no tillage in the

vines where possible. This

also means growing vines

alongside olives, almonds, figs,

pomegranates, etc, and close

to natural areas, woodland,

ponds, and fallow hedges

thereby creating a more stable

and balanced agro-ecosystem.

The grapes for Agape come

from a single ‘cru,’ a vineyard

on limestone and clay, and one

of their youngest plantings.

More has recently been planted

so production will eventually

increase.


Vinification: The grapes are

destemmed very gently and

fermentation kicks off naturally

in steel tanks. Fermentation

typically lasts 12-15 days and

the wine tends to be on skins

for that whole time. Pumpovers

are used sparringly for a soft

extraction. After pressing

the wine is returned to steel

where it stays for around 8

months. Bottled unfined, very

lightly filtered, and with a light

sulphite addition.

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