CA, Calcerius, Puglia, 1litre bottle, Italy
We first discovered Orange wine about five years whilst on a food tour in Copenhagen and we fell in love.
After several years of producing wine, Valentina Passalacqua and Danilo Marcucci (the owners of Clacarius) isolated a number of their vineyards that are characterised by calcareous soil. Thus project Calcarius was born.
The Grapes (100% Falanghina) are hand-harvested and destemmed (stems introduce bitter flavours if left with the juice). The grapes ferment traditionally in stainless steel tanks, in contact with the skins for about 5 days with indigenous yeast only. Batonnage (a big paddle is used to stir the juice and skins together to increase flavour) is performed about 2 times per week and the wine is racked (transferred from tank to tank to remove sediment naturally) 4 times before bottling. The wine is unfined and unfiltered.
This orange wine some may argue is becoming a cult bottle that is paving the way for orange wine to start becoming a recognised wine in the UK.
Oh, and if you are wondering about the label the atomic number (20) and the atomic weight (40.08) of the chemical element of calcium (Ca) are shown.