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Cantele
Negroamaro Salento IGT
Puglia

Today, the Cantele family owns 124 acres planted to vine and the family’s current winemaker Gianni Cantele and agronomist Cataldo Ferrari manage an additional 370 acres owned by other growers. Gianni’s brother, Paolo, is the winery’s brand manager and several other family members are involved in the head office and domestic sales - the business truly remains a "family affair."

Cantele focuses its efforts on native varietals such as Negroamaro, which flourish in the climate of the Salento peninsula.


Owner: Cantele Family
Website: www.cantele.it
Winemaker: Gianni Cantele
Type: Red wine
Varietals: 100% Negroamaro

Vineyard Location: Guagnano
Orientation: North-South
Elevation: 200 ft
Vines Planted: 1972-1982
Trellising: High trained
Vines/Acre: 1,820
Yield/Acre: 40 ql
Soil: Calcareous, siliceous and clay

Vinification
After de-stemming and crushing, fermentation on the skins using ­selected yeasts for 6-7 days at a controlled temperature of 78°F

Aging Process
Rests in stainless steel vats before bottling

Tasting Notes
Color: Lively ruby red with hints of violet
Bouquet: Red fruit notes of sour cherry, red prune and thyme followed by flint
Flavor: Delicate balance of soft tannins, good acidity and minerality
Pairings: Ideal with pastas in meat sauce, red meats such as lamb and aged cheeses

Alcohol Content: 13%
Serving Temperature: 62°F
Production: 200,000 bottles