Schola Sarmenti Armentino Negroamaro Primitivo 2017
A stunning blend of old vine Negroamaro and Primitivo, trained Albarello style and cropped at just 1.3 kilograms per vine. The fruit is hand picked and then sorted a second time in trays to find just the best quality bunches. The nose carries blue fruits and succulent black cherry, and finishes with powerful, complex and waxy tannins. Magical
Salento, Puglia, Italy
95pts Sam Kim (Wine Orbit), 94pts Kim Brebach
Schola Sarmenti can be found in the Salento region of Italy and specialises in Primitivo and Negro Amaro. They work with an unusually high percentage of old vines and have been instrumental in preserving the ancient Apulian vine training system called Albarello. Also known as ‘little trees’ it’s a form of cultivation which requires intensive manual care of each vine and ongoing pruning… it is expensive to do but allows good aeration and light exposure for the fruit and produces wines with an unusual intensity of flavour. Schola do not use chemical fertilisers or weed killers and while not organically certified grow their fruit using organic methods. These are delicious, handcrafted wines made with love.
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