Appearance: Opaque, almost impenetrable ruby red.Bouquet: Aromas of wild red berryfruit, vanilla, black pepper, tobacco leaf, cinnamon, bitter chocolate.Palate: Emphatic, well-ripened fruit, velvety texture, elegant, with a perfect equilibrium between fruit and oak.
Pier delle Vigne was produced for the first time in 1991, and with the exception of the 2002 growing year, has always been a star performer. Its namesake, Pier delle Vigne, was the right-hand man of Frederick II of Swabia and the one who introduced the first red-wine grapes into this area. ”His” wine is painstakingly produced from Montepulciano and aglianico grapes grown in our finest vineyards. It is then aged for 24 months in once-used barrels to soften aglianico’s typically aggressive tannins, then the final blend is assembled and the wine receives another year of bottle-ageing. This is a powerful yet elegant wine, one that has become one of Puglia’s most sought-after treasures.
Grapes: 60% aglianico, 40% Montepulciano.Denomination: Murgia Rosso IGT.Growing area: Border area between Matera and Gravina.Soils: Deep, volcanic soils for aglianico, fine-textured, chalky soils for Montepulciano.Elevation: 550 metres.Vineyard aspect: South-west.Training system: Bush-trained for aglianico, vertical for Montepulciano.Pruning system: Guyot.Vineyard density per hectare: 4,000 on average.Crop yield per hectare: 60 q..Harvest period: Late October.Fermentation: Traditional red wine fermentation in stainless steel at 20°-28°C.Fermentation length of skin contact: 20 days.Fermentation temperature: 26°-28°C.Malolactic fermentation: Complete.Maturation: 24 months in French Allier 225-litre barrels, one half new, the rest once-used, followed by a year in the bottle.Alcohol: 14% Vol.Analytical data: Acidity 5.9 g/l; pH 3.88.
Roast and marinades, aged cheeses, and outstanding sipped all by itself as a ”vino da meditazione”