Over the years Emma has become a bit of a special wine for us. When we first added the 2013 to the wine list at the Reliance people went crazy for it, loving its exotic aromas and otherly style - it was so different! Over the years the wine has built up a devoted following, our stocks rapidly depleted every year. And here we are 5 years later excitedly welcoming in the 2018! We got hold of a lot more this time, but how long will it last? Who can say.
Marco Buratti’s Azienda Agricola Farnea occupies around two hectares of vines and three hectares of woodlands in a particularly beautiful part of the Colli Euganei National Park. The land here has been planted with grapes since the eighteenth century, when the vignaioli of old were drawn to the area’s fertile volcanic soils. Marco’s vines are worked by hand without the use of chemicals, a way of working he had decided on before clearing the forest to plant vines here in 2003. The cantina consists of a small room at the edge of Marco’s house strewn with concrete and fibreglass vats, old barrels and not a lot else. These tools, along with the grapes, are all Marco uses to make wines, there is nothing added at any stage. These are amongst the most vibrant wines we have found in Italy and once opened, a bottle does not last long. We only wish he made a little more.
A blend of Moscato Giallo and Bianco that is fermented on skins in concrete vats for ten days, before resting in old barrels for a year. This has a gorgeous nose of quince and flowers that really draws you in. On the palate it is lithe and delicate. A simple, delicious drink.