Matané Negroamaro is a joint project with friend Valentino Sciotti of Farnese and winemaker Filippo Baccalaro. The wines come from Salento, the southern-most part of the region, or ‘heel of the boot’. This peninsula is a land of extremes and dramatic beauty, stretching out between two seas. Lush, dark red soil bathed in Mediterranean sunlight; historic native varieties and superb old vineyards, constantly windswept by the salty air currents of the Adriatic and the Ionian seas. Intense red berry and blackcurrant fruit. Made without oak to preserve the wine’s freshness. The palate is velvety rich with sweet fruit and spice and a long finish. Drink it on the younger side and serve with some Parmesan cheese.
Producing wine since at least 2000BC, the flat coastal shelf Puglia, facing North East toward Greece, has so much history and cultural importance. The vineyards were wiped out by phylloxera in 19th century and an industry chasing quantity was re-established and only recently has that been addressed. 80% planted to red grapes, Puglia makes the most sweet wine of any Italian region.
Not so bitter but definitely black, this grape from Puglia can make dense, powerful reds or delicate and pretty rosé.