(2019) What a beatiful example of Negroamaro this is, hand-harvested with a yield of 50 hl/ha and aged 15 months in barrel. It has a dense, crushed black cherry and kirsch nose, very aromatic and refined, with little edges of Sandalwood and cedar. In the mouth loads of bittersweet character, a chicory bite of acidity and plum skins against the depth of fleshy, juicy fruit. This has real tang and edge, liquorice and spices keeping it dark and savoury into the finish. Watch the video for more information and food matching ideas.
(2019) The Verdeca variety is grown both here in Puglia and in central Italy around Emilia-Romagna. Unoaked, this offers notes of fresh-sliced pear and a hint of summer meadows, the palate also showing a pear and pear juice fruitiness, but as is often the case with Verdeca, there's a herbal, green twang to this too, and a bittersweet twist of chicory to the acidity, giving it a dry, savoury and food-friendly character despite the overtly fruity opening.
(2019) This blend of Negroamaro and Syrah comes from vineyards near Lecce with a higher proportion of clay, and it spends six months in older French oak barrels. Dense, dark and savoury, it is not quite so aromatic as the plush 'Versus' Negroamaro, but there's a vinous, vine-fruit ripeness. In the mouth the creamy, dark and sweet fruit swells, a firm rasp of tannin and acidity backs up, the oak not noticeable, but just rounding out the tart cherry freshness of the finish.
(2019) Like the Negroamaro 'Versus', a low yield of 50hl/ha for this Primitivo that spent nine months barriques. Plummy, deep and polished, the nose has some graphite and cedary tones, but an Agen prune and curranty darkness too. The super-sweet ripeness of the fruit powers through on the palate, jammy and ripe, you could spread it on toast, thick with fruit and unfurling tannins, but there is a dry, juicy cherry acidity that bites in the finish, freshening the picture of a very smart Primitivo: big but not blowsy.
(2019) This blend of 35% Primitivo, 35% Montepulciano and 30% Malvasia spends 12 months in French Allier oak barrels, another 12 in steel and finally five months in bottle before release. The aromas are very classic: subtle cedar and pencil-shavings over tobacco and cherry, a rounding senses of fleshy black plum beneath. That Primitivo hit of intense, dramatic, concentrated fruit sweetness assaults the palate; serious fruit drive here, edged with tart liquorice and plum and cherry skins, the 15% alcohol adding to the power of this wine that really - really - needs a chunk of mature cheddar, an aged Parmesan or maybe even a spicy curry to contend with the powerhouse style.