Axa - Negroamaro Salice Salentino Red

Negroamaro Salice Salentino Rosso DOP

This wine, produced according to the noble wine-making tradition of Salento, is named after the ancient Messapian fortified city of Axa (San Pancrazio – Italy). Ruby red in color, it is made from a blend of Negroamaro DOC grapes (85%) and Malvasia Nera grapes (15%). It has an intense aroma and a full-bodied, well-balanced flavor. The grapes are fermented separately and blended at a later stage, which obtains a particularly appealing wine which is perfect for an entire meal. It is ideal with red meats, wild game, and aged cheese.

Technical notes
Variety/Blend Negroamaro 85%/Malvasia nera 15%.
Alcohol content 13.5% vol.
Area

Upper Salento Plain (San Pancrazio Salentino - San Donaci), province of Brindisi, in the DOC Salice Salento zone.

Vinification

Grapes are picked when very ripe, de-stemmed and gently crushed. Maceration takes place at a temperature between 25 and 28° C for about ten days, with frequent but brief pumping phases alternating with délestage.

Maturation

After vinification, the wine is aged in French oak barrels for 6 to 8 months, followed by aging in the bottle.

Color

Deep, dark ruby red

Bouquet

Intense, fragrant, spicy-sweet aromas reminiscent of plums and red fruit jam.

Flavor

Full-bodied, round, warm, pleasantly tannic, very persistent.

Serving temperature Uncork and decant an hour before. Optimum temperature between 18° and 20° C.
Food matches

Excellent with typical regional dishes such as pasta with tomato sauce and meat, roast lamb, and grilled meat.

Bottle size 750 ml