Nero di Troia `Vigneti Canosini` IGP Puglia

Barletta

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winemaking team at their winery where Dennis Verdecchia is in charge with Alberto Antonini as consultant. The wine is made from the Uva di Troia (also known as Nero di Troia) grape that is grown around Canosa di Puglia in southern Italy. The name attests to its Greek origins (Troy) and it is said to take its name from the nearby town of Troia, named by the Greek invader Diomedes.

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Vineyards

Canosini is an old, 30 hectare, bush trained vineyard which produces fruit of outstanding quality. On the right bank of the Ofanto river, the area lies nearly 20 kilometres from the Adriatic Sea between 105 and 140 metres above sea level.

Vintage Information

2016 proved to be a difficult and challenging vintage. Despite the climatic challenges faced, hard work in the vineyards was rewarded with high-quality grapes, although lower than normal yields. From north to south, the winter of 2015/16 was unusually mild and generally very dry; however, Puglia was an exception, with abundant winter rain. Puglia did not suffer the same climatic inclemencies during the growing season as nearby Abruzzo and Campania. Summer was warmn, with clear skies and warming sunshine, and temperatures were never too high. The resulting wines promise to be fresh and fragrant.

Vinification

On arrival at the winery, the grapes were de-stemmed and gently crushed before fermentation and maceration on the skins, in stainless steel tanks between 30-32°C. Regular, gentle pumping over took place for around two weeks, with the must being tasted every day to ensure the tannin levels were not too high. The wine saw a limited amount of oak treatment to soften the natural grape tannins but Alberto wanted to preserve the quality of the fruit, so used very little oak on the wine.

Tasting Notes

Deep red in colour with a dark purple core, the 2016 Vigneto Canosini is a wine bursting with blueberry fruit and spice on the nose. There is a touch of sour cherry on the palate, boosted by powerful blackberry and dark plums and a chunky, fruit-packed finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 100% Nero di Troia
Region Barletta, Puglia
Winemaker Massimo Di Bari
Alcohol (ABV) 13%