La Pruina's Salice Salentino DOP is an exceptional blend of Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera beautifully crafted into a velvety smooth wine. The aromas of vanilla and clove are comforting and warming. On the palate, it's soft and intense with hints of red fruit and jam, soft round tannins and a long luxurious finish. Drink now to 2025.
La Pruina harvests their grapes by hand. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks for eight to ten days and is punctuated by regular hand mixing. Ageing takes place in American and French oak barrels for 10 to 12 months.
La Pruina, Puglia
The La Pruina vineyards sit in the heart of the Salento region in Puglia. Here the soils are calcareous, shallow, and rich in texture. They are notoriously low in nutrients so the vines are continually stressed leading the vine to concentrate all its efforts on the fruit. High average temperatures cause the grapes to slightly dehydrate, which results in grapes rich in colour and aromas.
Negroamaro is a grape that thrives in a hot climate. It's also high yielding so winemakers need to implement good vineyard management to reduce the yield and concentrate the flavours. Typical aromas of Negroamaro show red and black fruits and spices. Flavours of plum, cherry, and blackberry are characteristic of this grape. More complex expressions have notes of coffee, tobacco, liquorice, bitter chocolate, and an earthy quality.
Malvasia Nera is part of the wider Malvasia family, a white wine grape indigenous to the Mediterranean basin and widely grown in Italy. Malvasia Nera is a red wine grape typically used in blendes. Malvasia Nera is typically aromatic, light to medium-bodied with ruby red colours and aromas of plum and cherry.
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