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Vallone Susumaniello 2017

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Agricole Vallone

Susumaniello means ‘little donkey’ in Puglian dialect, a nod to its traditionally high yields if left unchecked – good work in the vineyard, however, results in juicy and concentrated wines with hints of chocolate, cherries and spice. Just like this one from one of the grapes pioneers.

Meet the producer

Founded in 1935, this well-established family winery is one of the original quality producers of the Salento peninsula....

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Production

The lesser-known Susumaniello grape is native to the Brindisi area, and possibly related to Sangiovese. It had almost disappeared, but Vallone were one of the pioneers of its rediscovery, planting 10 hectares of bush vines on their Castelserranova estate, up the coast from Brindisi. The vines are planted in sandy / clay soils, and although they're capable of abundant yields, ruthless crop thinning transforms the quality - Vallone’s vineyards manage just 30hl/ha. Fermented and maceration takes place in stainless steel at controlled temperatures for 15 days, followed by spontaneous malaolactic fermentation. Refined in concrete and bottled after 3 months.

Tasting notes

Ripe black fruit and black pepper aromas lead to a palate of rich, robust plummy fruit - nicely balanced by fresh acidity, lightly floral notes, and a touch of spice on the finish.

Food match

Drink with pork or roasted vegetable dishes

Awards

2016 Vintage

Sommelier Wine Awards 2019

Gold

2015 Vintage

Sommelier Wine Awards 2017

Bronze

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