Ripe aromas of concentrated berries rise out of the glass. This dark purple wine has a dark scent of currants and ripe blackberries with a hint of oak on the noise. In the mouth it is explosive sun-baked fruit flavors mingle with a slight herbaceousness and French oak for a powerful burst of flavor which lasts in the mouth. The finish on this wine is surprisingly long, with lasting notes of plum and spices.This 10 hectare Fiore di Vigna vineyard lies near the town of San Donaci in the Salento region of Southern Italy. The wine is made from vines aged between 40 and 50 years old. The grapes are then dried for 3 weeks called appassimento,
:The 10 hectare Fiore di Vigna vineyard lies near the town of San Donaci in the Salento region of Southern Italy.
:Approximately 30 cm of clay surface with underlying limestone.
AGE OF VINES
:Between 40 and 50 years old.
PLANT TRAINING AND DENSITY
:Typical Alberello method (free-standing bush training).?Plant density is 4500 plants per hectare, with a very low yield of 1.2 Kg per plant.
:The grapes are harvested manually in early September and placed in wooden crates of 5 Kg each.
:The grapes are left in the wooden crates and placed in an aerated loft for the drying process, which usually lasts approximately 3 weeks.?During this time the grapes lose over 30% of their weight in water.
:Following the appassimento technique, the grapes are de-stemmed and delicately crushed to minimize damage to the skin. Fermentation takes place at a controlled temperature of 25C for approximately 8 days. Frequent remontage and delestage are carried out to maximize extraction of aromas and gentle tannins. After racking, malolactic fermentation is induced.