2014 Tormaresca Bocca di Lupo
Tormaresca is made up of two estates in different areas of Puglia: in the central, inland region of Castel del Monte they have Aglianico, and in the Salento peninsula of the extreme south-east, Primitivo and Negroamaro. Cabernet and Chardonnay are grown in both zones, giving the winemaker a broad palette from which to blend the very consistent entry-level wines. Antinori only invested here in 1998, yet in that time Tormaresca has become a flagship of Puglian production
The Bocca di Lupo estate lies 250 meters above seal level in the heart of the wild Murgia region. All 100 hectares are under vine principally with Chardonnay, Aglianico and Cabernet Sauvignon. In this region, the vineyards planted on calcareous soil have an irrigation system to guarantee the balanced growth of the plants and perfect maturation of the grapes. The vines have hitherto been grown using the Double Guyot method, though new plantings are being grown on spurred cordons.
After destemming and crushing, the must was fermented in stainless steel tanks at 25-27ºC, with fifteen days maceration. The wine completed the malolactic fermentation in French oak barriques, then was aged in the same barriques for fifteen months, followed by a further twenty-four months in bottle.
Rich, savoury wine of startling finesse, selected from the best plots of the estate. Liquorice, vanilla, white pepper and red fruit on the nose, then a full-bodied palate combining red and black fruit with spicy, meaty notes.