San Marzano Susco Susumaniello Salento
- Italy, 750ml
A delicious and seductive wine. Intriguing floral and fruity bouquet, also spicy with delicate balsamic notes; intense ruby red in colour. A good tannic weave allows for barrel ageing. It is well structured with a certain elegance, it shows an interesting acidity and a long finish.
- Winery: San Marzano
- Varietal: Susumaniello
- Region: Puglia, Italy
- Vintage: 2020
- Alcohol: 13.5%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Cork
- Food match: Cold cuts, semi-cured cheeses, grilled meats; savoury dishes e.g. stuffed aubergines & peppers; orecchiette with tomato sauce, risotto with porcini mushrooms
Susumaniello is a grape variety that has a withdrawn character. That is why it is called “Susco”, which translates into “shy” in the local dialect. The distinctive high-youthful yield of the vine drastically drops as the plant ages. Due to its low productivity when old, it had been set aside in the past but lately it has been revaluated for single variety wines. It gives wines a lively colour, complex bouquet and elegant tannins.
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Cantine San Marzano is a cooperative winery in the centre of the Primitivo di Manduria DOP zone of Puglia, southern Italy. The enterprise was founded in 1962 by 19 grape growers.
Bulk wines were produced until 1996, when a bottling line was installed. After this the Cantine began to focus on its own brand. For San Marzano Primitivo is, unsurprisingly, the principal grape variety. However, Negromaro, Merlot, Chardonnay, Malvasia Bianco, Malvasia Nera and Fiano are among the other grape varieties cultivated.
The portfolio features two multi wine subsidiary brands, Il Pumo and Talò. They both include a range of white rosé and red wines made under the Salento IGP designation. There is also an Il Pumo Salice Salentino DOP red, and a Talò Primitivo di Manduria DOP.
Several stand-alone cuvées are also released. These include the flagship product, Sessantanni Old Vines Primitivo di Manduria, which was first produced in 2000. This full-bodied wine is made from fruit sourced from selected vines of at least 60 years of age. The vineyards are located around San Marzano and Sava. Fermented with native yeasts, it is aged in French and American oak barrels for 12 months.
Liboll Extra Dry is a sparkling wine made mainly from Chardonnay with other native white grapes. Grappa and olive oil is also produced.
In 2015 Masseria Samia was acquired. The restored 16th Century farmhouse by the Ionian Sea, once restored, will be used for food and wine courses. The vineyard is being used as a research facility. It is dedicated to nearly forgotten local grape varieties, and less familiar clones of the more familiar ones.
- Gold & Best of Show Salento - 2022 Mundus Vini Summer Tasting
- Gold - 2022 Berliner Wein Trophy Summer Tasting
- Gold - 2022 The Wine Hunter Awards (Merano)
- 94/100 Points - 2023 Annuario Dei Migliori Vini Italiani - Luca Maroni
- Silver - 2022 Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Sompetition
- Silver - 2022 The New Zealand International Wine Show
- Silver - 2022 Vinarium International Wine Contest
- Silver - 2022 China Wine & Spirits Awards
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