A Mano Bianco 2021
Region: Puglia, Italy
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: 75% Fiano Minutolo 25% Greco
Notes: Vegetarian, vegan, practising organic
An aromatic wine with pronounced notes of fresh apricots, passion fruit, lime and orange blossom with hints of almond. The palate is full-bodied and complex, with a light spritz and zesty acidity on the finish.
This wine is made from the Fiano Minutolo clone from Puglia which resembles Riesling or Viognier, as opposed to the Fiano di Avellino which is used to make the DOC wines of Campania. The Fiano Minutolo vineyards are situated in the Itria valley in the heart of Puglia. The valleys provide constant airflow from the Adriatic Sea to the warmer interior area. Fresh breezes lower the night-time temperatures, encouraging the development of lovely perfumes in the grapes. Greco grapes for the wine come from a very old, non-irrigated, sandy hillside vineyard.
Mark Shannon and his partner Elvezia Sbalchiero have succeeded in making Primitivo one of Italy’s most talked about grape varieties. By paying high prices for the best grapes (sourced from 70 to 100-year-old vines) and focussing solely on quality and a modern style, they have revolutionised the style and calibre of Primitivo. The continued success of A Mano is at least partly attributable to the knowledge that Mark and Elvezia have gleaned from over 18 vintages in the region. Not only are they getting access to Salento’s best grapes, but their growers have also come to realise that if they want the higher price paid by A Mano, they need to provide even better grapes than in previous years.