Posted on 06 April 2022
We are pleased to introduce a new range of Italian wines to our portfolio from Quintodecimo, a winery producing some of the finest wines in Campania today.
The Campania wine region of southern Italy can be seen as the "shin" of Italy's boot, anchored by its capital, Naples. Dating back to the 12th Century BC the region is one of Italy's very oldest wine producing areas. The ancient heritage of its vineyards and respect for tradition have been key to Campania’s new found success in the world of wine. Instead of seeking out foreign markets by planting international grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay, Campania’s winemakers have stayed true to their heritage of indigenous grapes that best reflect Campania’s terroir.
Quintodecimo is located in the mountainous heart of Irpinia within the Taurasi growing area. Owner Professor Luigi Moio was born into an historical family of winemakers in Campania dating back to 1880. After an extended stay in France studying viticulture and winemaking, Luigi returned to Italy in 1994 and in addition to teaching at the University of Naples, undertook the task of winemaker at various prestigious Italian wineries. However, the urge to do his own thing and make the highest quality wines possible in his beloved Campania became too strong to resist and in 2001 his dream was realised and Quintodecimo was born.
The estate covers 25 hectares of vineyard, centred on the hill of Mirabella Eclano 420 metres above sea level and a sizeable 7 hectares of prime Greco vineyards at 450 metres altitude in Tufo, where they benefit from warm summers and fresh nights. From the vine-by-vine low yields and organic practices followed in the vineyards, to the nearly clinical cleanliness and precision in the cellar, low sulphur usage and hand tailored packaging that the wines arrive in; nothing at Quintodecimo is taken lightly. Luigi Moio sees his style as one that crosses the finesse and elegance of Burgundy with the power of Bordeaux. The wines are unbelievably intense without being heavy or cloying, displaying such deep, vivid varietal and regional character with the capacity to excel through cellaring. Quintodecimo is home to some of the best wines being made in Campania today and to be found on many of the top restaurants wine lists throughout the world.
Quintodecimo Greco di Tufo Giallo d'Arles
Giallo d’Arles is an extreme and rigorous interpretation of the Greco di Tufo wine. It is a cru produced from one single vineyard of Greco grapes. The ancient yellow-golden colour, typical of the denomination, is more intense thanks to the partial fermentation in new oak barrels and also to the complete absence of any clarification treatments. It is a white wine with the structure of a red wine, powerful and refined, characterised by a deep minerality blended with flavours of apricot and quince marmalade and a full and fresh taste. Giallo d’Arles has also an extraordinary predisposition to maturation in bottle, obtaining year-by-year elegance, complexity and harmony. The name given to the wine is a tribute to Van Gogh’s favourite colour during his stay in Arles: a yellow which is a prelude of red.
£34.00 Per Bottle / £193.00 Per 6 Bottle Case
Quintodecimo Fiano di Avellino Exultet
Quintodecimo Exultet is a sophisticated and elegant interpretation of Fiano di Avellino. It is a cru produced exclusively with the grapes from one single vineyard. Yellow and luminous with green reflections and fragrances of linden, acacia and thyme, it is well structured with flavours of exotic fruit, citrus and honey and a very soft mineral note. This particular elegance is derived from partial fermentation in small oak barrels. Exultet is a wine with great longevity which can age for some decades.