Rucantu 2017 — Pigato
A Wine That
comes from Heaven on Earth - literally - The Selvadolce farm is one of those places that you would think only exists in romantic Italy holiday movies or maybe in kitch holiday brochures - but in fact - it is simply one of the most incredible vineyards - filled with life and soul - that you could possibly come across. Rucantu is Aris Blancardi’s skin-fermented Pigato - the skin fermentation brings out a certain complexity rarely found in orange wines. To us, it is more or less sunshine in a glass. Pure joy for body and soul.
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- Winemaker: Selvadolce
Where and How?
The Pigato for this wine comes from old vines, planted back in 1975. The skins are left in contact with the juice, creating a rich orange colour and adding texture and intense Pigato aromas to the wine. Fermentation takes place spontaneously with yeasts indigenous to Aris’ cellar and surroundings. After being aged in wood together with the lees for eight months, the amber liquid is then bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Aris Blancardi grew up on his family’s property, Selvadolce, in Liguria, on the Italian Riviera. It had been a flower farm since the time of his great grandparents, who had been amongst the first to revolutionise the sale of flowers, in particular carnations, from Liguria to Russia. Aris himself had always loved nature and animals, so while his brother was involved in the day-to-day running of the flower business, Aris was a horse vet. However, the day came where Aris’ father started to think about retirement, and so he found himself joining the family company. However, things weren’t quite as rosy as one might envision on a flower farm. One hot summer’s day in the early 90s, Aris jumped off the tractor, ripped his facemark off and said;
“Stop. Enough is enough. I don’t want to do this,” pointing at the sprays. “I’ll end up killing myself, and I’ll end up killing our employees.”
The sprays he was referring to was a strict and intensive pesticide regimen. Looking for an escape, Aris discovered biodynamics by accident through a friend who was interested in biodynamic vegetable farming. He was deeply inspired, halted the flower business entirely and decided to start farming the vineyard on the property biodynamically. That was the end of any chemicals permitted on the property, and today the land at Selvadolce thrives.