Fattoria La Monacesca Verdicchio di Matelica 2018
Attractive nose of hazelnut, with hints of lime, ciabatta, aniseed and honey, rounded and with good freshness and intensity; the palate follows in similar vein with a gentle honeyed richness.
|Grape Blend||Verdicchio 100%|
La Monacesca's entry level Verdicchio di Matelica just gets better with every vintage - a very fine Italian white wine at a remarkable price.
Father and son Casimiro and Aldo have been tending Monacesca's low yielding, late harvest, old vines from an ancient monastery in the stunning Apennine Hills since the 1960s and their Verdicchios compete with Italy's finest whites: complex and concentrated, yet elegant and refined, our customers have been saying this since the 2001 vintage.
La Monacesca, which is situated in the township of Matelica in the Marche region of central Italy, dates back to 900 AD, when a group of Benedictine monks fled persecution to the Apennine hills to practice viticulture. In the 1960s Casimiro Cifola set about unlocking the mountainside's potential and raising its international profile. While less well-known than its famous seaside sibling Castelli di Jesi, both Casimiro and Aldo have been at the forefront of Verdicchio's quality renaissance in Matelica.
Pale straw yellow in colour with some silver / green tints; very attractive nose of hazelnut, with hints of lime, ciabatta, aniseed and honey, rounded and with good freshness and intensity; the palate follows in similar vein with a gentle honeyed richness, yet all kept in focus and check by a fine minerality through to the long finish.