This is Farnese’s venture in Puglia (they are also responsible for Gran Sasso Zabù, 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 has the potential to capture these flavours with minimal use of technology and a lot of know-how.
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 calcareous 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.
Puglia experienced an extremely cold winter and incredibly hot summer in 2017 and yields are down at least 30% on average. A cold and heavy snowfall was followed by high temperatures in spring and summer with little rain to relieve the vines..
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 20ºC. The wine was then transferred to oak barriques for a short time for fining, before bottling.
This wine has a deep ruby red colour with violet reflections. On the nose, it has red berry fruit perfumes with a hint of spice. Full-bodied with firm tannins, it is well balanced with lots of ripe fruit flavours.