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Irpinia Rosso "Sanserino" 2015 Tenuta Cavalier Pepe


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Sanserino is a blend of 70% Aglianico and 30% Sangiovese grown in the hills around Avellino some 40/50 kilometers from Naples. In the glass it has an attractive ruby red colour, a nose redolent of violets and cherries which are also found on the palate together with ripe tannins and a fresh and vibrant acidity. This is really at home when you have it with pasta dishes or even a fine roast leg of lamb.

  • Country: Italy
  • Region: Campania
  • Subregion: Avellino
  • Vintage: 2015
  • Colour: Red
  • Grape Variety: Aglianico and Sangiovese
  • ABV: 13%
  • Bottle Size: 75cl
  • Closure: Natural Cork
  • Style: Light and fruity
  • Organic: No
  • Drink With: Pasta with a sauce or roast meats

After the grapes have been hand picked and then sorted to exclude anything but the finest berries, they are destalked and then undergo a cold maceration to extract colour without the heavy tannins. Fermentation takes place at relatively low temperature with the free-run juice regularly pumped back over the skins to extract more and more colore and aromas. It was matured only in stainless steel tanks so there is no oak flavour interwoven and after 10 months there it was bottled and left to rest in bottle for a minimum of 6 months

About the grower

The Pepe family is an historic wine family from Irpinia in Campania, around 40 kilometers from Naples. With 55 hecatres of vines and 11 hectares of olive trees, they represent the true face of Campanian agriculture.

Today, twenty one DOC wines are produced in Campania and of the four DOCG wines, three come from Irpinia, the birthplace of tenuta Cavalier Pepe.

Following his intuition and his love of the area, the entrepreneur Angelo Pepe worked tirelessly on his land to develop what is now a wine cellar, restaurant and bed and breakfast.

His merit and far-sightedness were appreciated so much that in 1998 his work was recognised by the President of the Republic by making him a Cavaliere della Republica per meriti sul lavoro - a Knight of the Republic of Italy. Today the estate is managed by his eldest daughter, Milena who studied viticulture in France and marketing in Belgium and who manages the estate with care and skill making it one of the foremost producers in this highly sought-after area.

Hard work and belief is the motto of the Pepe family and this follows through into the work on the estate. The high quality of the wines produced is mirrored by their dedication to high quality food (Slow Food) in their restaurant and should any of our clients want further information on eating or staying there, please don't hesitate to get in contact. You won't be disappointed and you'll eat and drink to the highest levels.