Azienda Agricola Mazzola is an Italian wine and extra-virgin olive oil producer. Its oldest vineyard is a real biodiverse heritage site. In the Marches region, local farmers have historically grown and vinified the three main grape varieties of the region namely, Montepulciano, Sangiovese and Lacrima di Morro d’Alba.
‘‘Bandita”, as well as the “SangVineto”, is a tribute to the history of Italian territory. There was once an ancient “marquisate” where the vineyard is today, which left its “aura” of nobility which over the years has been handed down through the rural tradition. Their oldest vineyard produces these two exclusive red wines, (limited edition: 4,000 bottles), full-bodied and aromatic.
The genesis of the Lacrima, Sangiovese and Montepulciano blend
In the Scapezzano vineyard, located in the hills surrounding the town of Senigallia, on the Adriatic coast, the yield per hectare is deliberately kept low, the grapes of Lacrima di Morro d’Alba, Sangiovese and Montepulciano are hand-picked when fully ripe. Initially, the three grape varieties are vinified separately, at the end of this first process they are all blended, in equal parts, into the Bandita red wine label.
The distinctiveness of this label, other than the blend, is given by the Lacrima di Morro. After ageing twelve months in stainless steel vats and at least six months in the bottle, the Lacrima progressively lends its aromatic “exuberance” to the wine, raising the complexity and the “drinkability” of the wine.
Mazzola decided not to conform to the requirements of the ‘Rosso Piceno DOC’ (hence this wine doesn’t have the DOC denomination) and as such they were able to enhance all the characteristics of the three historical Marches grapes in a blend that best represents the history of this region’s wine.
Perfume and substance of Bandita.
Bandita is a ruby-red wine with violet reflections and a velvety finish on the palate. The bouquet is intense and complex. The wine displays beautiful richness, intensity and complexity with aromas of forest fruit (blueberries, blackcurrants, blackberries), pomegranate, litchi, as well as notes of violet, wisteria and lavender. Its dry and velvety finish on the palate varies in intensity depending on the vintage.
This elegant, intense, ruby, full bodied red wine makes it a good choice to take to a dinner party as well as on a good restaurant’s wine menu. As the ageing process progresses the aromatic exuberance of Lacrima will slowly give way to the great structures of Montepulciano and Sangiovese.
Bandita in a snapshot
Production area: Scapezzano di Senigallia (AN).
Grape varieties: Lacrima di Morro d’Alba 33% – Sangiovese 33% – Montepulciano 33%
Soil: calcareous clay
Training system: Guyot
Vine density: 2800 vines/hectare
Production: maximum 1.2 kg per vine
Harvest: Late September hand harvested (grapes fully ripened) oldest winery’s vines
Vinification: cold pre-fermentation maceration for flavour and colour extraction, fermentation in stainless steel vats at controlled temperature.
Ageing: 12 months in stainless steel vats, followed by six months in the bottle.
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