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Raffaele Guastaferro

Taurasi Primum 2016

Guastaferro makes arguably the best Taurasi in Italy from ancient vines.
  • Grapes: 100% Aglianico
    Viticulture: Conventional
    Vinification: At least 15 days maceration / fermentation without controlled temperature in stainless steel tanks
    Ageing: In used large barrels for at least 12 months + 8 months in the bottle
    Bottles produced: 2,600
    Alcohol: 14% abv

  • Colour: Deep ruby red
    Nose: Complex and ethereal bouquet showing dark cherry, mushroom, violet, aromatic herbs and hints of tobacco
    Palate: Full-bodied with impressive concentration. Medium acidity, rich and fine tannins

  • Back in 2013, after his university studies in Agricultural Sciences and a brief stint in the corporate world, Raffaele Guastaferro, driven by his insatiable ambition and inspired by a special encounter with Campania’s legendary winemaker Antoine Gaeta of Villa Diamante, decided to join the family winery with a clear objective: to elevate Taurasi to the Olympus of Italian wines. Located in the beautiful Piano d’Angelo, just outside Taurasi, at 350m above sea level, the cantina has about seven hectares of volcanic vineyards cultivated with Aglianico (6hc) and Grego Musc’Roviello (1hc) mostly aged between 40 and 80 years old. Most impressively Raffaele owns about 1.5 hectares of some of the oldest pre-phylloxera vines in the world aged between 150 and 220 years old. From this vineyard, Raffaele produces his legendary Primum Riserva, praised by top wine critics as one of Italy’s most noble red wines. In the cellar, Raffaele is supported by enologist Fortunato Sebastiano, a local legend in Irpinia thanks to his deep knowledge of Campania’s local varieties and unparalleled vineyard management experience gained working for over 20 years for some of the most prestigious wineries in the area. Raffaele and Sebastiano are both focused on producing pure and clean expressions of the fruit of Irpina and for this reason they follow a traditional and minimal intervention approach in their winemaking. Raffaele is building a sensational global reputation and his tiny production sells out upon release