Di Filippo ‘Malafemmena’ Pet Nat
Bianco dell’Umbria IGT, Umbria, Italy
Hand-harvested from Roberto Di Filippo’s biodynamic vines, once pressed it rests in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, before the must and natural yeast is put in bottle in spring, allowing for spontaneous fermentation. Pet Nat is short for Pétillant Naturel, meaning first fermentation in bottle and no second fermentation. After three months, fermentation ends producing a light sparkling wine with notes of pear, peach and brioche. Medium body and gutsy. A fun wine with structure and length.
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Passion, respect, love. These are the three forces that drive Emma
and Roberto Di Filippo in their daily lives. Di Filippo is a real success
story, the fruit of two generations of winemakers who have
passionately dedicated themselves to the land with a vision of
organic and biodynamic cultivation.
The 30 hectares of Di Filippo vineyards in Italy overlook Assisi,
resting on sun-drenched hills between Torgiano and Montefalco, in
the heart of Umbria. But in 2010, the Di Filippo family brought their
philosophy abroad to Romania. Roberto had gone to Romania with
a friend, Roberto Pieroni, who had lived there for many years. Today
they have a joint venture in their label La Sapata, with a vision to
focus on organic farming and invest in local resources and people to
create business for the local community. Sapata is 20 hectares of
scattered vineyard plots in the Cislita area and vineyards planted by
hand with workers from local villages.
Roberto and his partners use the same work ethics and model in
Romania as they do in Umbria. They practice organic and
biodynamic farming with the help of draught horses in the vineyard.
Roberto has been called the oenologist horse whisperer by local
journalists. If you visit, you'll also see he is followed around by
geese, who also play an integral part in the beautiful biodiversity of
Sapata produces a range of wines that include organic and
experimental styles using the ancestral method and pet nats.