A complicated and nuanced orange wine for fans of distinctive skin contact options. The grapes get a month on their skins, with only native yeasts, which develops a lovely tannic structure to hold up the fruit and floral notes. The bouquet is rich with stone fruit, pears, spices and tea. Half the blend is aged in steel, half in oak, so the juicy, peachy notes shine through despite the dry finish.
La Stoppa is an ancient wine estate in Val Trebbiola, not far from the River Trebbia, in the province of Piacenza. It's now run by Elena Pantaleoni using biodynamic practices, who took the reigns a couple of decades after her family purchased the land in the 1970s. Many of the old vines (all traditionally Bordeaux varieties planted by the previous owner) have been replaced with local varieties such as Malvasia di Candia Aromatica, Barbera and Bonarda. Her commitment to natural production, minimal work in the cellar, and showcasing the excellent terroir yield wines of character, freshness, and style.
This wine is named after the founder of La Stoppa, lawyer Ageno, who was the first to believe and give value the great potential of this area. The only dry white wine of the estate, obtained after a long maceration from grapes of this hot and low yielding land.
Classification: Emilia Bianco Indicazione Geografica Tipica
Varieties: Malvasia di Candia Aromatica 90%,
Ortrugo & Trebbiano 10%
First Production: 2002
Agriculture: Organic, natural green cover between the rows. No fertilizing, weed killers or pesticides
Soil Type: Clay Silt
Trellis System: Simple Guyot
Age of vines: 20 years
Density: 6000 plants per hectare
Vinification: 4 months maceration on skins in stainless steel and/or cement tanks
Fermentation and aging: Spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts, aged in 40 hectolitre wooden tanks and in bottle for a time necessary, no filtration or sulphites added
Average production: 15 000 bottles