Troncarea and Mesola delle Volpi district
Located on the Ionian coast, Troncarea and Mesola delle Volpi (Foxes’ Hill) districts are an ideal terroir for great red wines. In fact the long hours of insolation and the high temperatures all along the year foster a great richness of sugar in the fruit, while the breezes from the nearby Gulf of Taranto relief the vineyards at night and protect the grapes from dampness and rots. The soil is almost sandy, and the rootstocks reach easily through it the limestone calcareous bedrock, which is a storage of water and refreshment. This unique balance of climate factors is the the main reason of the quality of the grapes Primitivo and Merlot, which reach significant concentrations of sugar/alcohol and at the same time maintain a sweet and fragrant fruit. From these vines we produce a6mani Primitivo Salento IGP, Familiae Primitivo Merlot Tarantino IGP, Familiae Primitivo di Manduria DOP and Lifili Primitivo Salento IGP, which are all fruity and well structured, and capable of ageing well.
Familiae Primitivo Merlot Tarantino IGP
Wine category – I.G.P. Indicazione Geografica Protetta.
Colour – Red.
Vine variety – Primitivo, Merlot.
Vines per ha – 4500
Production area – Contrada Troncarea e Mesola delle Volpi, San Marzano, Salento, Puglia. At almost 100 meters above sea level, with a high average temperature and very little rainfall during the year. The soils are mainly composed of clay, with an average depth which reaches up to 1 meter
Harvest period – Last decade of August, first decade of September.
Vinification – Thermo-controlled maceration, followed by draining and soft pressing at the end of the alcoholic fermentation.
Maturation – In French and American wood barrels for 6 months.
Tasting notes – Deep ruby red, with black streaks. Mature to the nose, with red fruit, cherries, berries and a slight cinnamon note. A wine of great structure enriched with velvet tannins and a long pleasant aftertaste.
Best served with – Rich first courses, red meat and game, cheeses and pasta.
Serving temperature – About 16-18°C.