Valentina Passalacqua, Tenerezza 2020
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EXCLUSIVE! We've managed to secure a huge new signing to the UK Natural Wine world with the arrival of the infamous Valentina Passalacqua's range. The name will probably ring a bell for a lot of Natural Wine lovers due to Valentina being at the helm of the globally renowned Calcarius wines and if you think they were great, you're in for one hell of a ride with her latest releases.
Valentina Passalacqua is a trailblazing young natural winemaker in Puglia, a region not exactly known for biodynamic, no sulfur wines. She took over her family’s land (used only for cattle grazing since 1900), located inside Gargano National Park, to create a diverse farm that includes indigenous grape varietals. Her family considered the land too difficult, too poor, for crops, not realizing that they were actually sitting on a precious marble mine – or soil that happens to be amazing for vines. The rocky, mineral-rich soil does not retain water (also great for vines), and proximity to the sea means cooling breezes and ventilation (another plus). Valentina’s wines are pure, elegant, never soupy as you sometimes see in wines from Puglia (it’s hot there). Because, she is careful about canopy management (to ensure grapes don’t get cooked) and picks early to retain freshness and acidity.