The Wine: Mephisto Rosato 2019
Canlibero Mephisto is a rosato natural wine made from a blend of red and white grapes grown biodynamically in the Sannio Beneventano area of Campania, Southern Italy. Spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts, unfiltered, unfined, no added sulfites. Medium body Italian rosato, with notes of raspberry and wild strawberry on the nose, nice body. The wine is dedicated to a dog named Mephisto.
Canlibero is a beautiful family-owned winery located in Torrecuso, Sannio Beneventano, a wine region within Campana, Southern Italy. Ennio Romano and Mena Iannella are the two young producers behind this project. Both Ennio and Mena are strong believers in sustainable farming practices and natural winemaking techniques. Their 2-hectare estate is planted with indigenous varietals Aglianico, Fiano, Falanghina, and are farmed following the principles of biodynamics. The vineyards are at an altitude between 420 and 470 meters above sea level and are grown on on clayey and rocky soils. Some of the vines, such as the Aglianico ones used to make red wine Turrumpiso, are over 50 years old. Ennio and Mena work with native yeasts, no sulfites at any winemaking stage, no filtration or clarification before bottling.
The Region: Campania
Campania is located in Southern Italy, it borders with Lazio (north), Abruzzo (northeast), Puglia (east), Basilicata (southeast), and with the Tyrrhenian Sea (west). The capital of Campania is Naples, which is also its biggest city and economic center.
Off the coast of Campania there are several islands, most notably Ischia, the biggest, and the ever-charming Capri, with its picturesque squares and docks. Pompei is also located in Campania, within the metropolitan city of Naples, near Mount Vesuvio, one of the most famous active volcanoes in the world.
The Terroir of Campania
Mount Vesuvio is not only a tourist attraction but also a defining element in the region’s winemaking, together with the Tyrrhenian Sea. Some of the best wines from Campania, such as Taurasi, Aglianico del Taburno, Fiano di Avellino, and Greco di Tufo are made from grapes grown on volcanic soils and gently caressed by a steady Tyrrhenian sea breeze.
In Campania we find a soil formation – a combination of limestone with gravel and clay – called “regosuoli”, characteristic to the areas within the Provinces of Benevento and Avellino where Aglianico and Aglianico del Taburno are grown.
The Red Wines of Campania
Campania is one of the richest Italian wine regions in terms of indigenous grape varietals – both red and white. Among the reds, Aglianico is king, which is also the most widely planted varietal in the region overall with about 30% of the total. The two red wine DOCGS of Campania are both Aglianico-based wines.
Aglianico del Taburno DOCG: a medium to full-bodied blend of Aglianico del Taburno (min. 85%) and other non-aromatic red varietals (max. 15%), grown on limestone with gravel and clay soils – "regosuoli" in Italian.
Taurasi DOCG: a full-bodied, structured and complex wine, a blend of Aglianico (min. 85%) and other non-aromatic red varietals (max. 15%), aged a minimum of 3 years in total, with 12 months in wood barrels.
The White Wines of Campania
The three most famous white grape varietals native to Campania are Fiano di Avellino, Greco di Tufo, and Falanghina – the first two have their own DOCG. On the island of Ischia we can find Biancolella and Forastera, whereas more inland, near Caserta, we find some of the rarest native grape varietals, Asprino and Coda di Volpe. The Gulf of Sorrento is also home to several rare native varietals, used in local blends, with Suppezza and Olivella being the most common.