Estate: Antonio Cascarano revived the land and company that his grandfather, Giovanni Falaguerra had begun yet was halted in the 1970s. The 3 hectare estate is located in the town of Rapolla, on the northeastern slopes of Mount Vulture in northern Basilicata. The area and estate are named after Cardinal Camerlengo, who in “1250 fiercely defended the local lands in the name of the Pope, was given the lands around Rapolla as a reward”. Vines are surrounded by chestnut and olive groves, low intervention practices are used in both the vineyards and cellar, farming is certified organic.
Philosophy: “To introduce the history and traditions of our Rapolla, rich in culture with deep roots animated by ancient peasant wisdom.”
Winemaking: Vines are 10-12 years old in a site named ‘Toppo d’Avuzzo’, 250 meters in elevation, with volcanic-tufaceous and calcareous soils. “Maceration and spontaneous fermentation lasts 15 days with natural yeasts in chestnut vats with temperature control. After racking and allowed to settle for 48 hours, the wine is transferred to tonneaux (800L) for 2-3 months of aging. Unfiltered.”
Tasting Notes: Orange-gold in colour, with aromas of apricot, honey, nectarine and salty caramel. Tangy acidity glosses nectarine, apricot, lemon, orange zest and saline minerality. Roasted chestnut and honey linger between each spunky sip.
60% Malvasia di Rapolla, 20% Santa Sofia, 20% Cinguli [Trebbiano Toscana]
Estate Bottled by Azienda Agricola Camerlengo di Cascarano Antonio