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Cantele
Amativo Salento IGT
Puglia

The name Amativo was coined by Mr. Cantele while he was playing to the names of the varietals in this blend. He took the "Ama" from Negroamaro and the "Tivo" from Primitivo to create a name that incorporated Puglia’s most historic varietals. The resulting wine is elegant and balanced with an aging potential of 4-6 years.


Owner: Cantele Family
Website: www.cantele.it
Winemaker: Gianni Cantele
Type: Red wine
Varietals: 60% Primitivo, 40% Negroamaro

Vineyard Location: Guagnano, Sava, San Pietro Vernotico
Orientation: North-South
Elevation: 200 ft
Vines Planted: 1952-1962
Trellising: Alberello
Vines/Acre: 2,025
Yield/Acre: 24-28 ql
Soil: Calcareous, siliceous and clay

Vinification
The grapes are harvested in early September and are subsequently ­de-stemmed, crushed and macerated on the skins for 12-15 days, ­during which destelage is used daily; fermentation using selected yeasts is ­carried out after racking, the must is fermented at 78-82°F

Aging Process
Following malolactic fermentation, the wine is aged in 225L French barriques for ­approximately 12 months

Tasting Notes
Color: Ruby red
Bouquet: Notes of rose and violet slowly emerge from a bouquet of wild fruit, dried figs and vanilla
Flavor: Balanced and rich with a persistent finish
Pairings: Pairs well with charcuterie, red meats, game and ripe cheeses

Alcohol Content: 14.5%
Serving Temperature: 62°F
Production: 50,000 bottles