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WHY BE CURIOUS: Since the 1700’s, the Matrone family has been cultivating vineyards on
the southern slopes of Mount Vesuvius. Fast forward to this century, when Andrea
Matrone and his cousin Francesco reappropriated their family’s
original cantina and historic vineyard holdings that climb up the
volcano. In fact, Strada Matrone is still today the main path to the
Andrea’s experience as a local agronomist and enologist, combined
with his contadino ethos, give wines of purity and volcanic energy,
with a savoury, radiating minerality ( Vokaya-like for us Trekkies).
Spasso - a pyroclastic thrush of red fruits - is the Vokaya-glou field
blend of nearly extinct Vesuvian grape varieties (see more below).
REGION: Campania GROWING AREA: Trecase town on the Vesuvio
southern slopes FARMING: Practicing organic: no synthetic
chemical fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides and fungicides.
VINEYARD: 0.1 Ha, Monaco in Trecase ALTITUDE: 30 m / 100 ft
SOILS: Volcanic lapillus and sandy soils
VARIETIES: 25% Cancello (bio-type of Piedirosso, Pergola planted
here and vigorous), 25% Cascaveglia (super-rare, with high degree
of polyphenols from skins and pips, raging acidity, and a particular
‘inky’ note, that one often can find in Dolcetto), 25% Fosso (first
vinification 2020 so stay-tuned), 25% Aglianicone (less color than
Aglianico, more elegant, similar to the aromatic Coda di Volpe
Rossa found also in Campania).
VINE AGE: 30 years old VINE TRAINING: pergola
HARVEST DATE: September 10 YEASTS: Native
FERMENTATION & ÉLEVAGE: Manual destemming and then
foot-stomping of the grapes; fermentation lasts for 21 days, 4 on
the skins in fiberglass tanks with very few punch downs.
MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION: Yes, spontaneously in November
SULPHUR: 10 mg/L added at the end of the fermentation and 10
mg/L added at bottling
ANNUAL PRODUCTION: 80 cases