Cantele / 2018 Amativo.

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Cantele / 2018 Amativo.

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GRAPES: Primitivo and Negroamaro.

ABV: %

PRODUCTION AREA: Guagnano (Le), Sava (Ta), Manduria (Ta).

TRAINING: Cordon-trained spur-pruned and head-trained (alberello, 5,000 plants per hectare).

HARVEST: Primitivo in early September, Negroamaro in late September.

VINIFICATION: After being destemmed and crushed, the must is macerated with skin contact for 12-15 days during which délestage is employed on a daily basis. Fermentation is carried out at 26°C.

AGING: Once malolactic fermentation is completed, the wine is aged in barrique for approximately 12 months.

AGING POTENTIAL: When vinified as a mono varietal wine, Negroamaro will surprise and reward the collector over 4-6 years.

While Cantele’s approach to grape growing and winemaking is rooted in the traditions of Salento viticulture, it doesn’t mean that the current generation of the Cantele family doesn’t continue to experiment and push the boundaries of southern Italian winemaking.

One of its most critically acclaimed projects has been AMATIVO, a wine made from a blend of two of Puglia’s most important red grape varieties: Negroamaro and Primitivo. And the name of the wine, like the blend, is a composite of the grapes that go into it: AMA from the amaro in Negroamaro and TIVO from Primitivo.

An “international-style” wine created by blending two native grapes from Puglia, the flavour profile of this cuvée gets its earthiness from the Negroamaro and its rich fruit character from the Primitivo. While the Negroamaro imparts freshness and just the right amount of tannic structure, the Primitivo gives the wine balance through its rich red fruit flavour.

COLOUR: Inexpugnably ruby red, offering the eyes a preview of the wines complex structure, flavours, and aromas.

NOSE: Notes of rose and violet emerge in a slow, long-lasting progression, giving way to wild fruit, dried fig, preserves, and vanilla.

PALATE: The same aromatic equilibrium reappears in the mouth, releasing delicate progressions of fruit and spice. The rich, balanced flavour of this wine’s components give it its distinctive imprint. And its extreme delicacy closes with ample, persistent flavours in the finish.