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Producer: San MarzanoGrape Varieties: 100% Malvasia NeraOptimum Drinking: Within 6 yearsWine Style: Smooth full bodied redAlcohol by Volume: 13.5%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: Italian
In 1962, 19 vine growers from San Marzano whose families had farmed the land for generations, combined their efforts to establish 'Cantine San Marzano'. Through the decades this cooperative has grown significantly, attracting over 1,200 vine growers. Using modern and technologically advanced vinification techniques they produce elegant wines that pay homage to the ancient Apulian wine traditions. The fusion of time honoured tradition, passion and contemporary techniques, enables this winery to produce wines with distinctive varietal and regional characteristics while reflecting the local terroir. In the Sommelier Wine Awards, San Marzano was awarded European Producer of the Year 2017.
The 2019 vintage experienced a rainy winter which helped to restore soil water reserves. A mild spring followed with little rain through to a very hot, dry and windy summer, which reduced disease pressure in the vineyard. Good diurnal temperature differences encouraged regular ripening of the grapes, resulting in healthy, ripe fruit with balancing natural acidity. The harvest started five days earlier than the previous year.
Talo is the surname of one of the winegrowers that has supplied San Marzano for many years. San Marzano recognises the contribution their producers make, with whom they work closely to achieve the best from their land. The outstanding quality of these wines could not be created without them. The vineyard is located in Salento, Puglia at approximately 100 metres above sea level. The site benefits from a great diurnal temperature variation, which is ideal for promoting an extended ripening period for the vines and concentrating the flavours in the berries. The soft soil layer is clayey and quite thin, with a good presence of rocks, making it an ideal growing location for vines. The harvest takes place during the second week of September.
The grapes underwent temperature controlled maceration for approximately 10 days extracting the desired level of colour, aromatics and structure. Alcoholic fermentation took place with selected yeasts. The wine was aged in French oak barrels for six months.
An intense and complex bouquet of ripe red fruits combined with hints of spice. A full-bodied wine with delicious flavours of blackberry jam and vanilla notes through to a smooth finish.
Serve with roasted red meats with rich sauces and mature cheese.
Malvasia Nera 100%
An excellent red. Nice 'bite' when you first drink it and leaves a warming taste on the palate. Really enjoyable.
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