In a nutshell: A juicy, crunchy and racy Natural Wine from the southern Italian region of Campania.
The lowdown: London Sommlier Jack Lewens is the main man behind Vigneti Tardis and his objective is to produce organic wines as naturally as possible with nothing added apart from the absolute minimum of sulphur. There are 7 wines in the range, each named after a day of the week. So this one corresponds to 'Tuesday'. This isn't what you'd usually get from Aglianico, the workhorse grape of this southerly part of Italy. It's full of vibrant, crunchy red fruit and very aromatic and fresh. The tannins are deliberately kept low to make it superbly gluggable especially if served slightly chilled.
When to drink: An excellent choice, slightly chilled, for a summer's day in the garden, or round the barbecue.
Vigneti Tardis is a collaboration between sommelier and owner of Leroy in Shoreditch, Jack Lewens, and his long-time friend Bruno di Conciliis of Viticoltori di Conciliis in Cilento, Campania.
The wines are made organically and biodynamically from their own 3.6ha of vineyards in Cilento and the total annual production of the estate is 25,000 bottles. They use only indigenous grape varieties, Aglianico and the long forgotten Aglianicone for the reds and Fiano and other aromatic varieties like Malvasia for the whites. They farm organically and biodynamically and the wines are made with minimal intervention and very low sulphur additions.
These are artisanal wines made with a distinctly hands-off approach. In a region normally known for producing big powerful wines these are a more delicate, less extracted interpretation with great drinkability and individuality.