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13% | ITALY

Bright ruby red in colour, this wine has notes of cherry, plum and pomegranate, sweet spice and Mediterannean herbs. Good structure with supple fruit on the palate and good acidity...
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Bright ruby red in colour, this wine has notes of cherry, plum and pomegranate, sweet spice and Mediterannean herbs. Good structure with supple fruit on the palate and good acidity on the finish.

This is the new solo venture in Puglia of the Farnese group (responsible for Gran Sasso, Zabu, Vesevo, Tufarello and others). The wines are made at two wineries in the province of Taranto on the western flank of Salento. The style of the wines – fresh whites, soft and generous reds – will be familiar to those who buy their other wines, as winemaker Filippo Baccalaro is the driving force behind this label.

Filippo, a native of Piemonte, has been working in Puglia for almost two decades. He was attracted by the rich, ripe flavours of the fruit, and the ability to capture these flavours with minimal use of technology and a lot of know-how. Filippo has the latter, as is illustrated by these wines.

The vineyards are mostly situated in the communes of Manduria and Sava and are owned by growers with whom Filippo has been working for many years. Production is lower than its potential, which ensures the best quality grapes are selected. The red soils are calcerous clay and rich in iron, minerals and nutrients. 80% of the grapes come from old bush vines and the rest from trained vines that are at least 20 years old.

Vintage 2012 will be remembered for a lack of rain (30% less than the previous year) and constant high temperatures. Consequently, disease was rare, a good sugar/acid balance was attained during ripening and a high potential alcohol was achieved. As a result, the fruit ripened early and so harvest was three to four weeks earlier than usual. Wines are showing good structure with fine acidity and elevated aromatics.

The grapes were gently pressed and cooled to 10ºC for a maceration period of 10-12 days with regular pumping over. Yeasts were added to start fermentation, which took place under temperature controlled conditions of up to 20 ºC. The wine was then transferred to second and third passage oak barriques for six to eight months before bottling.

Key Facts

Size
75cl
Grapes
Negroamaro
Country
Italy
Region
Puglia
Vintage
2012
ABV %
13%
Organic
No
Vegan
No

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