Sava and Maruggio (province of Taranto)
PLANT TRAINING AND AGE:
The vines are trained with Guyot and Alberello. The planting density is about 5,000 plants per hectare, with an average yield of 2.3 kg per plant. The vines have an average age of 15-25 years.
Careful manual harvesting at the end of August.
After destemming, the grapes are not pressed. This allows the grapes to remain intact by optimizing the extraction of colour. Fermentation takes place in steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 23-25°C for 8-10 days. During fermentation, frequent remontage and delestage are carried out to achieve soft extraction of aromas and gentle tannins. After racking, malolactic fermentation is induced.
After malolactic fermentation, 50% of the wine is decanted and placed in steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 12-15°C. The remaining 50% of the wine is aged for 6 months in French wooden tonneaux and Slavonian oak barrels.