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Vines (30 %), Negroamaro (70 %)

Color: Intense red wine with garnet reflections.
Smell: Fruity sensations of blackberry and black cherry alternate on the nose, notes of basil and sweet spices due to barrel aging.
Taste: In the mouth it is soft and balanced with a strong but never intrusive tannin. Long and persistent finish.
Food pairing: Excellent with roasts and aged cheeses.

Harvest: Manual, at the end of September
Production areas: Salice Salentino, Veglie, Guagnano, Campi Salentina and San Donaci (LE).
Breeding system: Alberello.
Plant density: 7,000 plants/ha.
Yield per hectare: 70 quintals
Average age of the vineyards: 40 years.
Vinification: The destemming-pressing of the grapes is followed by fermentation with maceration at a controlled temperature (22 - 24 ° C) for a period of 8 - 12 days.
After malolactic fermentation, the wine is left to refine in 30 hl oak barrels for about 12 months. It becomes "Riserva" after 2 years from the date of harvest.
Aging: Minimum 12 months in cask and minimum 6 months in bottle.

Leone de Castris

The Leone de Castris farm, born in 1665, began bottling its products in 1925 and in 1943 it was the first to create and bottle a rosé wine sold in Italy and the USA: the Five Roses. This wine today as then is the standard bearer of this company, with firm roots in Puglia, which has the aim of enhancing the products of the territory by making them known in Europe and in the world. of quality of Salento.

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