Luigi Maffini – Cilento, Campania
Luigi’s vines are located in the Southern heart of Campania in an area of immense natural beauty and home to the ancient Greek site of Paestum. His wines are wonderfully pure expressions of the traditional local grapes, Fiano d’Avellino and Aglianico. Since his first vintage in 1996, Luigi has tended and improved the old family vineyards as the source of his exceptional fruit. Over the last few years, along with addition of new plantings adjacent to existing vineyards, Luigi has extensively upgraded and refurbished the winery giving him even better tools at his disposal to craft magnificent organic wines. This is the ‘other’ Campania, soils here are more commonly of the Cilento Flysch with sandstone, clay and soft marls giving a more mineral fruit expression than the rich energy of the Avellino volcanic-calcerous soils.
The Kratos Fiano is a tense, tropical-sorbet version vinified and aged in stainless steel. The Pietraincatenata Fiano is from a 2ha parcel from a high vineyard where the grapes are picked slightly later. The wine is fermented in new oak and then aged in new and 2nd passage barrique for 4 months. Dense, juicy and fresh, the Kleos Aglianico is fermented in stainless steel before aging in 2nd and 3rd passage barrique. Aglianico Cenito is aged in new and 2nd passage barriques for 18 months.