Schola Sarmenti Nerio Negroamaro Malvasia Nera Riserva DOC 2015
A stunning blend of old vine Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera, trained Albarello style and cropped at just 1.8 kilograms per vine. The fruit is hand picked and then sorted a second time in trays to find just the best quality bunches. After ferment, the wine spends 8 months in French Oak. The nose carries black fruits, blue fruits, cedar and spice and finishes with long fine tannins. Superb.
Negro Amaro, Malvasia Nera
Nardo, Italy DOC
Now - 2028
96pts 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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