Monte del Cuca 2020 Menti


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Italy Veneto

Grape variety: Garganega

Menti, a family-run winery with a history dating back to the 19th century in the land of Gambellara.
The wines are made with the utmost respect for nature and local traditions, with a clear, clean taste and a distinctly local minerality.

Wine made from Omonimo, a 0.5ha field with an average age of 40 years.
The wine name Monte del Cuka comes from the fact that one of the successive owners of this vineyard was called Cucca. Fermented by indigenous yeasts without temperature control along with the skins. Aged on lees in tanks.

The color is much darker, the aroma elements are more complex, and the taste is rich with rich extracts.In addition to the characteristic minerality, the wine allows you to feel the umami of the grapes that has been carefully drawn out. is.

First brewed in 2010. At first, people suggested vinifying and aging in barrels or terracotta, but Stefano liked the finish in stainless steel or cement tanks, so he finished it in tanks. However, there is renewed interest in aging in large barrels, and it has been adopted since VT in 2019.

Soil: Volcanic soil Maceration in stainless steel (or cement) tanks for 3-5 weeks (as long as there is residual sugar and fermentation continues)
Aged for 2 years in cement tanks

Stefano Menti is considered to be the centerpiece of the Italian wine world. With the appearance of this maker, the person who even thinks that "Italian natural wine world has changed its face". The stone farmhouse built in the 1600s is still used for wine making. The building itself still feels like it's breathing. Hawks, eagles, pheasants, and rabbits appear every day in the surrounding mountains and fields. Since 2010, we have adopted biodynamics and manage our own vineyards of 6ha. It is Stefano's belief that all grapes are pressed in whole bunches, and he produces mainly 100% Garganega white wines, orange wines, and sparkling wines with no secondary fermentation or racking in the bottle. Refined natural wine full of individuality. With its enveloping texture, gentle and warm taste, and exceptionally clean finish, the wine sells out every year in Italy as soon as it is released.
(Partially aged in oak barrels from 2019 VT)