Brindisi is a port city within the wine region of Puglia, in south-eastern Italy. The key varietal in Brindisi is Negroamaro, which forms the base of the majority of wine produced here. Malvasia Nera and Montepulciano can also be blended up to 30% of the total wine and up to 10% Sangiovese. The tannic nature of Negroamaro is the distinctive quality of most Brindisi wines, including the Corte Ottone. Brindisi, and greater Puglia, is very hot and dry throughout the long summers. The long days and warm summer season allow for the late ripening Negroamaro to reach full maturity. Naturally, these grapes produce high sugar levels and can result in very high alcohol wines. Addition of Sangiovese, Malvasia Nera and Montepulciano all work to balance the robust flavours of Negroamaro, increase acidity and provide softer flavours. Tannic wines will soften with age, but also at the loss of freshness and acidity. If enjoyed today, decanting will help to round out the wine. Enjoy today or before 2018 served at 18C.
How it smells
Aromatic and addicting aromas of sweet purple flowers, light balsamic, vanilla bean, chocolate covered cherries and cocoa dust. This wine smells like we opened a box of gourmet chocolates. Fruity notes of purple plum and over-ripe black cherry come secondary.
How it tastes
Soft and billowing flavours of plum and cherry fill the palate. The weight of the wine sits heavier on the sides of the tongue and cheeks, with slow and satisfying acidity that make you salivate. Rugged tannin and medium body. The flavours are less complicated than the nose, but equally enjoyable. There is a touch of spice that lingers through the finish with a touch of cherry cough syrup.
Recommended food pairing
This wine will elevate your dinner without stealing the spotlight, a great supporting actor to traditional meatloaf, roast chicken, or, a cheese course.
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