Salento is the heel of the ‘boot’. This limestone based peninsula separates the Adriatic Sea from the Ionian Sea and provides grapes grown in the flat, dry landscape with endless sun – perfect for Primitivo.
Grapes are harvested at normal ripeness and vinified traditionally. They are pressed and fermented for 15 days under temperature control. A portion of the harvest is left to dry on the vines for an additional 3-4 weeks. After harvest these sweet, ultra ripe grapes are vinified traditionally. When fermentation is complete, the finished wine from the first harvest is re-passed over the pomace from the second. This starts a another round of fermentation in the first wine which increases the alcoholic content and gives it deeper colour and more complex aromas.
Intense ruby-red in colour with a full and complex nose this wine’s incredible richness is due to the appassimento process whereby the grapes are dried on racks after picking to concentrate the flavours.
A soft and attractive red wine with the fruit sweetness to go well with pheasant, partridge with honey roasted parsnips or foraged wild mushroom & truffle lentil stew