Ilauri Avalos Pecorino 2017

Tasting Note: 
A rare white variety native to Les Marches that was almost extinct a decade ago. So called because the ripe bunches of grapes resemble the face of a woolly sheep, or because the local Pecorino sheep nibbled the grapes. Waxy, almond flavours wrapped around a bright, mineral core with pear, apple and lime notes. A wine for the adventurous that will reward in spades.
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Vineyards circumnavigate the winery and are located at 300 meters above sea level with South East exposure in the Tavo Valley region. The landscape around the estate has been heavily shaped over millions of years by multiple glacial processes. The region around Loreto Aprutino shows geomorphologies typical of glacial and periglacial environments, including glacial circles, moraines, rock glaciers, roches montonèes, kettle holes and soils with patterned ground surface. The study of the soils within the kettle holes show that these morphologies were comprised of sequences of buried soils characterized by the presence of windblown volcanic ashes. However, the most important environmental characteristic of present day Abruzzi is its incredible biodiversity. Filled with an impressive number of National Parks, the region borders the Apennine mountain range towards west, the Maiella mountain range towards south, the Sibylline massif towards North and the Adriatic Sea towards east. Over 20% of the Abruzzi region is covered by woods.


Following a selective hand harvest in mid-September, the grape stalks are removed and the subsequent crushed grapes undergo a cold maceration in stainless steel. A soft pressing follows. The clarified must is subsequently fermented with select yeast in temperature controlled stainless steel vats for 12 days at 16°C to preserve the natural 100% Pecorino fruit and inimitable freshness of the wine.

Food Match

Superb with gently grilled fish, vegetable tempura, oysters or the cheese of the same name. Best enjoyed at 10°C.

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