Vines variety: Red grape vines, typical of Salento.
Area: San Marzano, Salento, Puglia. At about 100 meters above sea level.
Soil: Medium clay texture, shallow and with good skeletal soil.
Farming type: Head-trained bush vines (4,500 vines per hectare).
Grape harvest: September.
Vinification: Manual harvesting of slightly overripe grapes; destemming-crushing, and cold pre-fermentative maceration is followed by alcoholic fermentation with native yeasts. Final racking with gentle presses.
Ageing: Malolactic fermentation in stainless steel followed by ageing in French oak barriques for 12 months.
Tasting notes: Ruby red with purple reflections; intense and complex bouquet with fruity notes attributable to plum and jam, and spicy hints that recall vanilla and liquorice; intense on the palate, with great structure and smoothness, long finish.
Best served with: Richly flavoured first courses, red meat and game. A meditation wine.
Serving temperature: 18 °C.