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Vallone Susumaniello Salento Rosso IGP

2017

In a Nutshell

Susumaniello is a delightful word to enounce and means ‘little donkey’ in Puglian dialect, a nod to its traditionally high yields if left unchecked

Tasting Notes

Ripe black fruit and black pepper aromas lead to a palate of rich, robust plummy fruit - nicely balanced by fresh acidity, lightly floral notes, and a touch of spice on the finish.

Production Notes

The lesser-known Susumaniello grape is native to the Brindisi area, and possibly related to Sangiovese. It had almost disappeared, but Vallone were one of the pioneers of its rediscovery, planting 10 hectares of bush vines on their Castelserranova estate, up the coast from Brindisi. The vines are planted in sandy / clay soils, and although they're capable of abundant yields, ruthless crop thinning transforms the quality - Vallone’s vineyards manage just 30hl/ha. Fermented and maceration takes place in stainless steel at controlled temperatures for 15 days, followed by spontaneous malaolactic fermentation. Refined in concrete and bottled after 3 months.

Grape Blend

100%

Susumaniello

Detailed Information

Type

Red

Country

Italy

Region

Puglia

Vintage

2017

Size

0.75L

ABV

13.5%

Vinification

Vegetarian

Closure

Cork

£12.30

5 in stock

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