In a slightly luminous purple with a violet rim and opaque core, the wine appears clear and shiny in the glass.
The aroma of this cuvée of Grenache, Carignan and Alicante Bouschet alone manages to reflect exactly what Ampeleia is all about - the Mediterranean attitude to life and the sunny disposition of Tuscany, but at the same time also lightness instead of melancholy; especially in the red wine.
Fresh aromas of blueberry, black cherry and plum combine with notes of sun-dried tomato and rosehip pulp, as well as pickled red pepper, Russian bread and black tea.
On the palate, too, the 2016 Kepos from Ampeleia manages the balancing act between red-fruited warmth and powerful substance paired with juicy freshness and cool elegance with flying colors. In the highest qualitative measure and claim, this is a downright charming wine, whereby the attribute "charming" in the wine world in the rarest cases, in this however absolutely is to be understood positively.
Its berry fruit multiplies on the palate, but at the same time remains crisp and fresh. Its tannins are fine-grained, giving it firm grip and longevity, but are already superbly integrated into its entirety at this youthful stage of the wine. Its acidity is unexpectedly high for the Tuscan hills, which is a card the Kepos clearly plays as a trump card. Its drinkability is high and that's all there is to it.
To be well.
Food recommendations from Peter Müller
- Potato pancakes with rocket, olive tapenade and dried tomatoes
- Fried catfish with black pudding crust, chard and buckwheat
- Pappardelle All'Arrabbiata with beef fillet tips
Ampeleia, Loc. Meleta, I-58028 Roccatederighi, organic certificate:IT BIO 014