Vigneti Tardis, Mercoledi, Paestum Fiano, Campania, Italy
Jack Lewins, former sommelier and now the co-owner of Leroy in Shoreditch, and Bruno (Mr Aglianico) de Concillis are the two driving forces behind Vigneti Tardis. Cilento is a region of Campania around two hours drive south of Naples. While quite mountainous inland there is a strong coastal influence on the wines, particularly in the case of may of Vigneti Tardis wines which come mainly from a steeply sloping vineyard a few metres from the Mediterranean. While it may share the same varietals as nearby Taurasi and Avellino as a territory it differs greatly and in a region famed for its big, powerful wines Vigneti Tardis are offering a much more delicate alternatives.
The Vigenti Tardis range is called "La Settimana' (the week), each wine is named after each day.
Mercoledi (Wednesday) is made from Fiano fermented in steel tanks and then kept on the lees for extra complexity and texture until bottling at which point it is lightly fined with Bentonite.
Fantastic with a Caprese salad using the wonderful Buffalo Mozzarella for which Campania is rightly famous or a dish using one of Cilento's other great products, anchovies.
PS Paestum was a city founded around 450 to 550BC, the ruined temples and city streets are extraordinary and spectacular to visit. And as a bonus you can then visit one of the local Buffalo farms and buy fantastically fresh Mozzarella, Ricotta or Buffalo milk yoghurt and ice cream to eat on site or takeaway!
Producer - Vigneti Tardis
Country - Italy
Region - Campagnia
Appellation - Cilento
Variety / Blend - Paestum Fiano
Farming - Organic / Biodynamic