Xola, Aglianico

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Xola, Aglianico


The Xola is our study on duality in wine. In the South American Andes the concept of Yanatin abounds with the indigenous people adhering to a philosophical model based in what is often referred to as a “dualism of complementary terms” or, simply, a “complementary dualism”.

As William Blake says “Opposition is true friendship”… The opposites of existence, dark/light, male/female, inner/outer are viewed as interdependent and essential parts of a harmonious whole. Tannin is the dark; the masculine… in its youth Aglianico certainly has its fair share of tannin heft and muscle, requiring an extended time in seasoned oak barrels to relax, become comfortable with itself and display the harmonious characters we seek

Handpicked in the cool morning and de-stemmed, retaining as many whole berries as possible. Fermented until dry with naturally occurring yeast with an additional period of maceration on the skins making a total of 6 weeks of skin contact. Matured in seasoned barriques for 28 months.


Deep purple.


Violets, plums, cherries, burnt earth, star anise and pepper spice.


Voluptuous weight, liquid velvet and an elegant acid line.

Food suggestions

Protein over coals.


Up to 20 years.

29.00 CHF