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Cingilia Passerina 2021

13.5% abv

Vol- 75cl

Lemon drop delicacy, vibrant crafted melon-chill palate stretched taut on stone-fruits, zippy fuzzy aromatics. Balanced on its tip-toes like a prima ballerina. Full of grace and almost alpine-breeze promise trailing shy but delicious white fruits.

The local Passerina is found across Abruzzo, the Marche and Lazio and is a mineral steely long-term presence in vineyards now finding itself not only disclosd on labels but championed. From 0.4 ha of organic pergola-trained young vines. Wild yeasts fermented in stainless steel.

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£16.50inclusive of Duty and VAT

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Vines, winemakers and great wines all flourish from strong roots. Still in his 30s, Fabio Di Donato’s roots are strong. He was born in his valley, at the foot of a historic pass, halfway between the most impressive mountains of Abruzzo and over 20 miles in from the coast with the chill impact of the peaks felt in the changing seasons. Fabio started Cingilia in 2013, fresh from a degree in oenology at Pescara, with 4 hectares first acquired by his grandparents a century ago, with additions of both older parcels and his own younger plantings. His time is spent mostly working and nurturing his organic vineyards, many of them classic, high-trained pergola Abruzzese. The wines are made in the converted garage at his home. Wild yeasts, minimal additions and gentle basket presses exemplify the hand at work here, allowing the grapes to speak of themselves and their footing.The name Cingilia itself alludes to an ancient name for local town Civitella Casanova, mentioned by Roman historian Livy as home to the Vestini people, in confilict with Rome in 325BC.

The range includes no more than 4,000 bottles each of Pecorino, Cococciola & Passerina from his younger plantings, simply fermented and aged on fine lees in steel, and a tiny 700 bottles from 1/3 hectare of 45 year old Trebbiano Abruzzo. The bottle fermented Cococciola is left on its lees in bottle in the Col Fondo style. The Cerasuolo Rosato is from his young red Montepulciano vines with older vines providing the 5,000 bottles of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, again all stainless steel. Minimal additions cloak the quality of this fruit.

"One of the questions I ask nearly every producer is if there are any winemakers within their own region that are doing things that they believe are inspiring or exciting. In Abruzzo, the answer was Cingilia, Cingilia, Cingilia. With that said, I knew I had to pay a visit to Fabio Di Donato and his small, garage-styled winery in Cugnoli…..I can’t wait to see how this winery evolves as Donato works to slowly increase production to meet a growing demand."

Eric Guido, Vinous, August 2022

Reference #:
13.5 ABV
Bottles per Case
6 bottles

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Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly.
Orders under £190 are charged an initial £12.00 incl.

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Deliveries are normally between 09.00 and 17.00 Tuesday to Friday and a signature is required on receipt of delivery. (We do not ship on a Friday for Monday delivery unless specifically requested to do so).

A shipping confirmation email will be sent when your order has been processed and shipped. You will be sent a further email and/or text with a delivery time slot and a consignment number along with instructions on how to amend this if required.

If you are out a card is left, with an instruction to call the local depot to re-arrange delivery. Alternatively, you can inform us to “leave safe”, “leave with a neighbour”, “leave in garage” etc. and we will pass this information onto the courier. Please remember that, in accordance with our Terms & Conditions, alcohol will only be left with persons over 18 Years Old.

A shipping confirmation email will be sent when your order has been processed and shipped. You will be sent a text with a delivery time slot and a consignment number along with instructions on how to amend this if required.

We use Mailsafe packaging and double walled cardboard boxes for secure shipping of all bottles. Clear labelling marked FRAGILE is applied and all our despatches.

UK mainland deliveries are overnight from confirmation of despatch with the exception of the following postcodes where deliveries are made on a 2 to 5 day service from despatch : 

IV 3 to 11, IV14 to 28, IV 40 & IV 51 to 54, IV 63. KW 1 to 3 & KW 5 to 14. PH 33 to 41