2014 Salice Salentino Riserva, Paolo Leo, Puglia, Italy
Paolo Leo and his family specialise in the indigenous varietals of southern Italy and Puglia. Here we have a wine made from the Negroamaro grape which has been aged to Riserva level. It spends 12 months in French oak barrels, 6 months in large oak barrels, 4 months in stainless steel tanks and 4 months in bottle before it is released to the market and the result is exceptional.
In colour it is intense ruby red with garnet reflections; elegant bouquet, intense aromas of jam perfectly balanced with spicy and wood undertones; full-bodied, harmonious with delicate tannins.
2017 Primitivo di Manduria 'Lirica', Produttori di Manduria, Puglia, Italy
In the heel of Italy, Manduria is considered the birth place of the native Primitivo grape, and was officially recognised as such in the 1970s when a DOC was created for the region. However Produttori di Manduria had been making wines for 40 years by then, unashamedly proud of their deep affection for Primitivo.
Medium ruby red colour with a pure nose of ripe dark fruits, cherry, plum and sweet spices like ginger and aniseed supported with discreet oak. The palate is round and textured with a well balanced freshness, ending with a long and broad spicy finish.