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Le Social, Pollard Yard, Manchester, United Kingdom

Le Social, Pollard Yard, Manchester, United Kingdom


Taurasi Ognostro Aglianico 2018, Marco Tinessa


Marco Tinessa’s winemaking career grew out of an obsession with natural wine and a love affair with the Campanian denomination of Taurasi. His debut project began with the acquisition of a single vineyard of Aglianico near Montemarano. Ognostro came to be thanks to the help of Marco’s mentor and friend, none other than the iconic Frank Cornelissen, whose eponymous winery in Sicily has become a standard-bearer for Italian natural wines. So close was this partnership that Marco in fact vinified all of his wines in Frank’s cellar right up to the 2017 vintage.

Marco grows Aglianico in astonishingly low yields and often harvests well into November. This allows him to develop good phenolic ripeness without compromising on Aglianico’s high natural acidity. Just like his mentor, Marco prefers fermentation in clay amphorae or high-density polyethene tubs as they “prevents any influence on the wine and the terroir”.  

Producer Marco Tinessa

Viticulture & Winemaking Organic viticulture. The grapes are hand harvested, de-stemmed and pressed, aged in a combination of polyethene tanks and clay amphoras. Finished with little intervention. 

Grapes Aglianico

Region Montemarano, Campania, Italy 

ABV 12.5%

Tasting Notes A bold example of what Aglianico should taste like and an expression of its origin. The wine is inky and dark with aromas of black fruits, citrus peel, and ginger. Drinks with surprising freshness considering its deep and brooding character.