VINEYARD | The grapes come from the plains of Taurasi, Mirabella Eclano and Bonito, in Irpinia, in the province of Avellino. Among the forms of farming we find very old vineyards with starseta, the typical Irpinia training system. Here the vines were historically married with other fruit plants. The soils are complex, some parcels are characterised by high limestone altitudes, while some soils raise the level of volcanic ash. Historically, the variety has been called Grecomusc' even if it has nothing to do with the greco grape, with which it was usually mixed. The name origin, you ask? The bunch stands out for its peel that grows out of all proportion compared to the pulp, generating the appearance of a musky grape. The yields are very low, this explains the little presence of the variety in the regional scene.
PERSON | The many variations of the small but well-kept proposal by the Lonardo family is definitely worth investigating. They founded the winery at the end of the 1980s. Contrade di Taurasi is one of the most original voices in the Irpinia area, thanks to Aglianico reds with a strong personality, interpreted from time to time without pre-ordered technical protocols, and two white rovello whites of rare expressive originality. The variety was saved thanks to the work of Peppino Beatrice and Sandro Lonardo, who then decided to re-propose it in purity to enhance its character.
WINE | The intense golden reflections are typical of the variety. Ah, what beautiful aromas! Tones of elderberry, basil and green tea anticipate a truly articulated mouth in its savoury, almost musky register, with even finely spicy notes, from coriander to white pepper. The mouth is voluminous, juicy, dynamised by a saline verve that gives rhythm and flavour. The finish is tight, incisive, certainly very long. Compared to the 'basic' Grecomusc', the Burlesque selection includes a short time in oak.