Vine variety: Negroamaro.
Area: Contrada Monte La Conca, between San Marzano (TA) and Francavilla Fontana (BR).
Soil: Finely textured residual red soil with a calcareous subsoil, sparse rocky outcrops and intense presence of iron oxides.
Farming type: Head-trained bush vines (4,500 vines per hectare).
Grape harvest: Last week of September.
Vinification: The grapes are harvested manually with small baskets. Maceration: 18 days on 80% of the mass, 25 days on 20%, with native yeasts selected in the vineyard. Fermentation takes place at a controlled temperature of 24-26 °C.
Ageing: In French and Caucasian oak barrique for 12 months.
Tasting notes: Very deep purple red colour; rich and complex bouquet with hints of spices, soft fruits, and cherry jam; a full-bodied wine, smooth and balanced, rich in fine tannins, with a pleasantly long lasting finish.
Best served with: Richly flavoured first courses, red meat, game and mature cheese. A meditation wine.
Serving temperature: 18 °C.