Style: Red wine – Full bodied, rich and fruity
Tasting Note: Appealing aromas of morello, dark cherries, blackberry and peppery spice. The palate is smooth with gentle tannins, round with good underlying acidity, combined with elegant fruit through to a lengthy finish. Delicious!
Food Pairing: Excellent with lamb, hearty winter stews and pasta with rich meat sauces. An ideal pairing for aged as well as intense ripe cheeses.
Producer: Cantele Family Winemaker: Gianni Cantele
At the end of World War II, when most of the population of Puglia was moving North to work in the big factories near Torino and Milano, Giovanni Battista Cantele, a wine merchant living in the northern city of Imola, moved his family to Salento. The final decision was made by his wife Teresa Manara, who, at the time, barely knew anything about the area but fell in love with Puglia at first sight. She would later become the inspiration for a wine that now bears her name. After studying winemaking in Conegliano, Giovanni’s son, Augusto Cantele, started the family winery, Cantine Cantele, with his father and his brother Domenico in 1979. Today, Teresa Manara and Giovanni Battista Cantele’s grandchildren run the winery together: Augusto’s children, Gianni and Paolo; and Domenico’s children, Umberto and Luisa. The Cantele winery is located in Guagnano, in the heart of the DOC where Negro Amaro dominates the landscape.
Cantele’s goal is to respect the terroir of the region but at the same time to produce elegant wines. Cantele is currently working to have part of their vineyards converted to organic in the near future. They currently use sustainable practices such as integrated pest control and using as few sulfites as possible.
Region: Apulia (Puglia), Salento IGT
Country: Southern Italy
Bottle Size: 75cl
Oak: Aged for approximately 6 months in oak barriques
Vegan Friendly: No
Vegetarian Friendly: No
Residual sugar: 3.5g/l
Press/Review: To follow shortly.
Serving Temperature: 18° C