Keep it natural, baby.
Take the same fruit that makes it into Hellen Bianco and whack a week or so on skins and you have OrangePuglia... but that is simplifying things a touch. Valentina feels that making white wine in the manner in which red wine has traditionally been made (skin contact) really shows the complexity and fullness of the grape, especially with Falanghina. The grape just cries out for expression and that is certainly the case here.
The fruit was hand-harvested and destemmed but the berries left intact. It was whole-berry fermented for two days in open-top stainless-steel tanks until fermentation kicked off naturally. Then the grapes were foot-trodden a few times a day over the course of two days followed by another five days on skins with just gentle hand plunging to break up the cap. After a total of 7-8 days on skins the wine was pressed to a closed stainless-steel tank for aging and following six months it was bottled without fining or filtration and just a small addition of sulfur at bottling.
Ultra fresh notes of fresh orange zest and tangerine juice with spring herbs, cloves and sichuan peppercorn. The palate shows a noticeable salinity with the sweet citrus notes showing more evident. The finish is vibrant with a little grip on the palate and a bit of peach skin coming through. Refreshing!
Calcarius is an avant-garde natural wine project from Valentina Passalacqua, focused on the kimmeridgian limestone soils of her childhood town, Arpicena, at the feet of the Gargano mountains in Puglia. Valentina worked in business in London 10 years ago. After the birth of daughter, Giulia, she felt a desire to return to her homeland and engage more with nature. This area is full of calcerous limestone in the soil, white rocks jutting out everywhere amongst the vines. Combined withe the salty air from the Adriatic sea, and Valentina’s careful picking (much earlier than all of her neighbors of course) the wines of the Calcarius project are all light on their feet and very elegant. Although the wines do receive a small dose of sulfur for stability during travel, they taste like unsulfured natural wines to us, vibrant, and easy to drink. A true reflection of the elegant terroir of the region.
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