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Producer: San MarzanoGrape Varieties: 100% NegroamaroOptimum Drinking: Within 4 yearsWine Style: Smooth full flavoured fruity redAlcohol by Volume: 13%Closure: ScrewcapCountry: 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.
A mild winter was followed by a warm spring. Summer was humid and rainy, consequently harvesting took place one week earlier than average to preserve the quality of the grapes. Careful selection was made in the vineyard resulting in reduced yields, but maintaining the high quality of fruit. The wines are lower in alcohol, slightly higher in acidity and show very intense aromatics and flavours.
The vineyard area is approximately 100 metres above sea level, with high average temperatures and medium to low rainfall, providing excellent conditions for grape production. The soft soil layer is clayey and quite thin, with a good presence of rocks for drainage. Harvest takes place during the first few weeks of September.
A temperature controlled maceration took place for approximately 10 days, followed by alcoholic fermentation with selected yeasts. The wine was aged in stainless steel tanks to preserve the purity of fruit.
A deep ruby red with violet reflections and intense aromas of blackcurrants and wild fruits, complemented by subtle notes of spice and thyme. A full-bodied wine, which is charmingly balanced, soft on the palate and full of the flavours of Southern Italy.
An ideal accompaniment to savoury first courses, grilled red meat, game and mature cheese.
St Marzano wines are a recent discovery following the virtual wine tasting we attended a few weeks ago. We would really recommend this wine as easy drinking and delicious!
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