Hellen Rosso is a lively, vibrant, fruit forward red, made to quench your thirst. This indigenous mediterranean gem, from the limestone soils of Puglia, is funky to the bone.
Whats the Occasion
- Nero di Troia
Charcuterie, Pasta, pizza with tomato sauce & mushrooms, Poultry
Open bottle 30 minutes before drinking
14 - 16°C
The first thing that jumps out of the glass is a flinty burst of fruit. From dark cherries, and strawberries to ripe plums and well integrated earthy notes. There is surprising complexity to this fresh wine.
A wine full of energy and flesh, with vibrant acidity. The rustic purity of the fruit is balanced by a mildly tannic side leading to a textured finish. The minerality and salinity present breaks all the schemes of Pugliese Nero di troia.
Hellen Rosso comes from the region of Puglia, the ‘heel’ of Italy’s boot. With its hundreds of miles of coastline exposed to the warm sun, the climate is typically Mediterranean: hot and dry summers followed by mild winters. The long growing season ripens the grapes comfortably while the chalky quality of the limestone soil always manifests itself in the flavours of the wines.
in the vineyard
Project Calcarius consists of 80 hectares of vines, fruit, and vegetables, near the small town of Apricena in the Gargano National Park area of northern Puglia. At 150-200 metres altitude, the Nero di Troia vines grow on Kimmeridgian limestone enjoying the mediterranean sun. The water retention properties of this calcareous soil, force the roots of the vine to dig deep and work hard to nourish themselves, contributing to their unique and flavorful character. Everything from the domaine is produced using entirely organic methods.
making the wine
In the winery, a non interventionist approach is followed. After a manual harvest, the wine begins fermentation spontaneously in open vats with 2 days of skin contact and no temperature control. The wine then ages in steel tanks for 6 months allowing the fruit of the vine and the calcareous terroir to express their unique personalities. No filtering or fining, and the use of sulphites is kept to a minimum. The goal is to preserve the flavours pure and unadulterated, giving the Nero de Troia grapes centre stage. Total production 13,300 btls.
The Brains Behind It
From boardroom to sunny hillside
Project Calcarius is the invention of Valentina Passalacqua. Originally a marketing executive, Valentina tossed aside the corporate world to move to the sundrenched white hills and endless days of peaceful Puglia. On her remote estate, she creates wines according to her own vision: twining tradition with fresh modernity, and throwing a splash of vivid colour over the southern Italian wine industry.