Conte Di Campiano Susumaniello 2015
Matt stumbled across Conte di Campiano during his visit to Prowein last year and found this wonderfully decadent, full bodied, plush and complex beast made from one of the world’s rarest varieties – Susumaniello. The word itself comes from Susu meaning “Go” and Maniello, meaning “Donkey” perhaps because in their youth, Susumaniello vines produce massive yields. As the vines age, the yield reduced dramatically, increasing the concentration and depth of flavour in the finished wines. The Susumaniello is a big, black wine, bordering on massive. The nose offers a tremendously complex blend of blueberries, flowers, chocolate, spice, dried herbs and cedar and woodsmoke. These can also be tasted along with sour cherries, blackberries and darker stuff. It is voluptuously textured and deep. It struts the line beautifully between fresh zippy fruit and aching decadence.
Salento, Puglia, Italy
Conte Di Campiano
Conte Di Compiano
None yet but we like it!
Conte is located in a small town on a hilltop in the north-east of Verona with origins in late 1950’s. The winery sources fruit from a large number of different regions and produces a stack of different wines, too many to mention here. We decided to start by importing just one, from one of the rarest varieties – Susumaniello. Conte di Campiano grow their Susumaniello in Salento, part of Puglia, in the ‘heel of the boot’. Puglia and Salento’s star has shone brightest in the last 20 or so years as it has shifted focus from bulk production to the production of terroir driven wines. Susumaniello is an ancient but little known and rarely grown variety which is probably only grown in Puglia. It is very late ripening so needs a warm climate and historically has been used as a blending variety. Perhaps this is because as a young vine it produces a massive crop and the wine made from these generally a bit dilute and lacking in flavour. At 10 years of age, yields diminish significantly and it is possible to make extremely full bodied, black, dense and chewy wines.
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