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De Conti Appassimento Rosso 2020

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£15.75

De Conti Appassimento Rosso 2020 is a rich red wine produced in Puglia from naturally dried Negroamaro and Primitivo grapes in order to intensify the fruit flavours – think plums and blackcurrants with spicy notes and a lovely, soft, creamy texture

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Wine Style

Red Wine , Rich Spicy Red

Grape variety

Negroamaro, Primitivo / Zinfandel

Wine Region

Puglia

Country

Italy

ABV

15.0%

Oaked

Yes

Cork

Yes

Lifestyle

Vegan, Vegetarian

Volume

75cl

Drink By

2028

Description

De Conti Appassimento Rosso 2020 or to give it its full name, De’Conti Esploratore 100 x 100 Appassimento Rosso is a rich, creamy red wine from Puglia in Southern Italy. It’s a blend of two local grape varieties – Negroamaro and Primitivo (known as Zinfandel in other parts of the wine-making world). The winemaker likes to combine less well-known grapes like Negroamaro with better-known varietals like Primitivo in order to promote and “protect Italian wine biodiversity”.

 

For De Conti Appassimento Rosso 2020 the grapes are dried naturally – just as they are in Amarone – in order to produce particularly intense and complex flavours without the Amarone price tag. The wine is deep garnet in colour and the concentrated aromas of dark fruits like plums, cherries and blackcurrants give a hint to the flavours of this wine. There are also floral and spicy notes. The first thing you notice on tasting De Conti Appassimento is the creamy texture, followed by those lovely intense plum and blackcurrant flavours with the vanilla and cinnamon notes in the background. This wine is very drinkable; the tannins are there to provide structure and longevity – it will keep until at least 2028 – but they are so soft and integrated that they are hardly noticeable. It really is a great value wine that tastes more expensive than it is!

 

Producer's Notes

“With the same spirit of Niccolò De’ Conti, famous Venetian explorator, we went beyond our territory to discover a unique Apulian red wine, made 100% with a natural grapes drying process, called Appassimento – dried grapes, cold fermentation with multiple over-pumping to concentrate flavours of ripe fruits and sweet tannins.

 

Colour: ruby red with garnet reflections. Bouquet: intense with floral notes of violet, fruity notes of currant and plum and spicy hints. Taste: Full and round with silky and sweet tannins, fruity flavours of plum and spicy notes of vanilla and tobacco.”

How to enjoy

This wine is made for drinking with food; recommended with game, duck, goose, steak and other red meats, most strongly-flavoured dishes and cheese. Or enjoy on its own.

 

Serve at: 14 – 17°C

Awards

98 points – Luca Maroni, Best Italian Wines

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