Calcarius, NU Litr Orange 2020
The perfect beginners orange wine! Electric colour, electric flavour! Fruity, herbal and salty. If you want a skin contact wine with all that visual appeal, that can back it all up with the quality of the contents then this is a go-er. 5 days on skins has accentuated that lovely blood orange character and given it some pithy texture.
Calcarius are based in Apricena, Puglia. It is a living, working farm comprising 80 hectares of vines, fruit and vegetables, owner Valentina Passalacqua has been a leader in biodynamic agriculture in Puglia since 2000. Electric colour, with extreme freshness, orange tang and pithy grip. This is a superb orange wine with lovely fruit flavours, herbal edge and savoury length.
Wine: CALCARIUS NU Litr Orange 2019
Producer: Valentina Passalacqua
Region/Country: Puglia, Italy
Production Method: Natural, skin maceration, wild fermentation in stainless steel. Bottled unfined and unfiltered
Style: Medium bodied, extremely textural orange wine. Delicious.
Pairing Suggestion: Savoury dishes or all alone
Profile: As with Greco, most Falaghina is grown in Southern Italy, where it thrives on the volcanic soils. It typically displays citrus, in particular bitter orange, flavours alongside blossom and floral aromatics and light pine, herbal freshness. Apple and pear flavours can appear in more concentrated examples, alongside lovely minerality and spice.
Classic Regions: Campania, Puglia, Abruzzo (Italy)
Calcarius are based in Apricena, in the northern region of Gargano, Puglia. The vineyards are characterised by kimmeridgian calcareous soils (thus Calcarius) and are true wines of terroir - mineral, tense, and uncompromising. Valentina has been the leading exponent of biodynamics in Puglia since 2000. The grape varieties are Nero di Troia, Greco Bianco, Bombino, Negroamaro and Aleatico - largely indigenous to the local area and not widely planted outside of it.