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Negroamaro Salento IGT

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Tasting Notes

Negroamaro is a dark-skinned grape variety that has been associated with Puglia for at least 1500 years. Most commonly found in a blends (for example when blended with Malvasia Nera, Negroamaro is the main component of Salice Salentino DOC wines), Negroamaro is valued for its deep color, medium-full tannins and dark berryfruit flavors.

Puglia’s Salento Peninsula is arguably the source of the finest Negroamaro wines. The warm Mediterranean-style climate suits the variety well, allowing the vines to achieve optimum levels of ripeness. A relatively drought-hardy variety, it is rarely troubled by the area’s limited rainfall.

Rivera’s Negroamaro is a great entry-level, and the modern winemaking results in a fresh and balanced red wine with bright aromas of dark berries, cherry and plum and a round, complex palate exiting with the typical slightly bitter finish. A versatile wine that should be enjoyed with rich pasta dishes, meat or hearty soups.

 

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Winery

Rivera

Region

Puglia

Varietal

100% Negroamaro

Location of Vineyards

Leased vineyards in the Salento area

Altitude

50-80mt asl

Soil

Calcareous

Type of Cultivation

‘Salento gobelet’ style. Average yield is 80-90 quintals per hectare.

Vinification

Grapes are harvested during the second week of September and macerated at 25°C for 7-8 days in stainless steel vats with frequent pump-overs.

Aging

9 months in glass-lined cement vats

Alcohol Content

13%

Total Production

24,000 bottles