Cantele will be debuting its new wine Fanòi at Vinitaly this year (Pad 11, stand E2).
Salento IGT Primitivo
In 1993, when I worked my first vintage as my father Augusto’s apprentice, I began to know and love this wonderful grape variety. Since that time, I have been able understand yet another piece of its enormous potential with every vintage. Its soul is powerful and unmitigated. And each year, my ambition to give it the elegance of world’s great wines has grown.
—Gianni Cantele, winemaker
APPELLATION: Salento IGT.
GRAPE VARIETY: Primitivo.
PRODUCTION AREA: Sava (Taranto).
VINE TRAINING: Alberello Pugliese (traditional Pugliese head-trained vines).
YIELD PER HECTARE: 500 kg.
HARVEST PERIOD: first week of September.
VINIFICATION: fermentation at 24° C.; 12 days of maceration with daily délestage during the first 4 days; malolactic fermentation in barriques.
AGING: 14 months in new and second-year barriques; minimum 12 months in bottle.
ALCOHOL VOLUME: 14.5%.
NUMBER OF BOTTLES PRODUCED: 6,000.