Emidio Pepe 2015 Trebbiano
This gorgeous white wine hits a sweet spot between Mediterranean sunny ripeness and a crunchy, chalky length. The wine is, of course, not sweet - it is complex and layered, slightly waxy, and hums along with floral, honey, and citrus flavours laying on top one another, like a satisfying vinous pancake stack.
The superior local clone of Trebbiano is gently foot-trodden, wild-yeast fermented, then aged for two years in small cement vats, and finally bottled unfiltered. No added sulphur.
Five years into its life and it is only getting started. This will reward the patient - cellar to personal taste.
Emidio Pepe has a lot of vintages under his belt - he started his winery in 1964, expanding on the knowledge gained from his father and grandfather, vignerons both.
The winery and vineyards are located in the northern part of Abruzzo, situated inbetween the Adriatic Sea and the mountain, not far from Siena and the southern borders of Chianti. It is warm, windy local climate, perfect for the indigenous varieties they champion; Montepulciano, Trebbiano and a small holding of Pecorino.
Never have chemicals been used in the vineyards- Signor Pepe is firm believer in organic and biodynamic viticulture, and looking after the land that gives them so much. No oak is used with any of their wines, red or white. They also make outstanding pasta and olive oil, because, well... Italian.