75cl * Organic * 13% ABV * Puglia, Italy
In 1881, the Countess Sabini brought as her dowry "barbatelle" cuttings of Primitivo for her wedding to Don Tommasso. They planted the first primitivo vineyard in Manduria, later named by Pliny the Elder, as “the town full of vines”. The Segreto di Bianca - aromatic, salty Fiano - is named after the Countess herself. It is said that Fiano (also known as Minutolo) was her favourite wine, and drinking it eased her solitude, living in the rural farmland of Puglia, far away from the sociable courts!
Acquired by the Rossi Chauvenet family in 2008, Camilla Rossi Chauvenet is known for making lifted, elegant wines and as a pioneer of innovative organic viticulture in partnership with winemaker Valentino Ciarla. Masseria Cuturi is a magical location, not only for organically farmed local grapes, but for woodlands, 500-year-old olive trees, elegant 18th century farm structures, megalithic walls and other ancient archaeological relics. The property includes 40 hectares of vineyards and over 100 hectares of wild herbs and enjoys the microclimate of the centuries-old wood of Cuturi, a protected nature reserve on the eastern Salento coast in Puglia.
The wines are born of the warmth of the Mediterranean sun tempered by the two prevailing winds; the strength of the mistral and the glamour of the scirocco. The Segreto di Bianca rests and ages for three months in steel tanks which softens and balances the varietals crisp acidity and savoury salinity. Bursting with fresh grapefruit, lime, wildflower-florals and salty Mediterranean notes. The palate is rich and fruity with a crisp salinity which moderates the aromatic nature of the variety. Juicy and refreshing with a persistent and delicate aftertaste. It makes it excellent for aperitifs but, with a perfect fresh-savoury balance, it goes very well with fish, seafood, grilled vegetables and salads.