Il Medaglione Salento Primitivo 2020 Leone de Castris
Beautiful colour, lots of spice on the nose (think Christmas cake) and lovely rich mouthfeel. Deep red wine with an intense nose of blackberry and plum. In the mouth it is warm, velvety and balanced. Very well matched with main courses, roasted meats and cheeses.
Leone de Castris is one of the top producers in Puglia and since 1665 the Leone de Castris family have operated the oldest winery in Puglia. Their large holdings produce a wide range of wines, all of which are very reliable, if not excellent in quality and value. The estate is situated on lands of ancient vine growing and wine making tradition in Salento in Puglia. Salento is located on the heel of the boot that we geographically know as Italy. The soils are renowned for their content of clay and tufo which support the many varietals that are grown in this part of Italy's south. The Salento Peninsula gets more than its fair share of hot sunshine. Luckily the vineyards are well ventilated by the Mediterranean's soft and constant breezes that blow across the Adriatic and Ionian Seas.
Although the vineyard operations of Leone de Castris are not certified as organic they in essence are. This is akin to many European operations that have always managed their holdings in this natural manner. The vineyards are cared for using organic practices such as the placement of natural fertilizer around the vines and intra-vigna growth of grasses to cut down on any troublesome weeds. Aggressive pruning in the vineyards is practiced to reduce any biological interference with the grape's growth. This ranges from insect infestation to skin rusts. Thus, the vines are aggressively pruned back and the harvest of grapes is highly selective. The production facility at the famed winery is ultra modern and the winery now turns out award -winning wines year in and year out. They also bring to the market, as part of their line, some of the most outstanding values available from any Italian producer.
Grilled Meat, Beef
Leone de Castris