Origin: Salice Salentino D.O.O. Puglia, Italy
Taste guide: Medium bodied, dark fruit flavours, hints of chocolate and prunes, quite tannic, unoaked
75cl - 13% - screwcap
Suitable for Vegans and Vegetarians
Salice Salentino is one of Puglia’s most successful denominations and one of the first to gain wide recognition abroad. Produced in the commune of Salice Salentino, which is situated between the provinces of Brindisi and Lecce, in the Salento peninsular - the "heel" of Italy.
Vineyards thrive here because of the clay-limestone soils which are quite deep and rich in organic material. These soils retain groundwater reserves, and the vines are thus still able to yield high-quality wines.
Amodo Salice Salentino is produced from the Negroamaro grape which is blended with a little Malvasia Nera to soften the finished wine. This wine is produced by a subsidiary of Enoitalia, one of Italy's largest and best volume winemakers, using grapes from select vineyards.
The wine is a deep, inky red in colour with aromas of black cherry, aromatic with hints of thyme. The palate is redolent with dark fruit flavours; black cherry, blackberry and plum, with hints of chocolate, thyme and prune. The inherent tannins from the Negroamaro grape are still evident so this is not a wine for those who want sweetened and soft fruit flavours. But for those who like Italian wines withdark fruit flavours and a tannic structure this is one of the best.
Goes well with all savoury meat dishes and pastas. Decant to open out the wine. Our sample certainly softened after breathing.
Primarily sold into the restaurant trade, we could not find a retail price, but on restaurant menus is between £15 and £17. In one London restaurant it is being sold at a ridiculous £23!!
Binendwines price for this superb example of the very best of Southern Italian winemaking is just £6.25.