Wine Detail

Castel del Monte Il Melograno

Wine name:Castel del Monte Il Melograno

Appellation:CASTEL DEL MONTE DOP

Zone:Corato (province of Bari)

Cru:Vigna Melograno, Viale Nero

Vineyard extension (hectares):5

Blend:100% Nero di Troia

Vineyard age (year of planting):Nero di Troia 1995,2001

Soil Type:Calcareous

Exposure:Various

Altitude:300 meters above sea level

Colour:Bright ruby red, garnet red

Nose:Vinous, intense, ripe fruit, blackberries, red plums

Flavour:Dry, fine, soft, warm, quite tannic, ripe fruit, licorice

Serving temperature (°C):18

Match with:Red meat, pasta dishes with savoury sauces, grilled mushrooms, spicy oriental dishes

Average no. bottles/year:25,000

Alcohol %:13.5

Grape yield per hectare tons:8.5

Vinification and ageing

Fermentation and maceration with the skins in rotary fermentors with temperature control, malolactic fermentation in steel vats and maturation in oak casks (35 hectolitre capacity) for 12 months, followed by 2 years in steel vats;  finishing in the bottle for 6 months.

Wine Producer

S. LUCIA

Website:http://www.vinisantalucia.com

Address:Strada Esterna San Vittore, 1 70033 Corato BA

Owner:Perrone Capano family

Year of establishment:1822

Total annual production:50000

Total vineyard extension (hectares):11

Planted varietals and extension (hectares):0.2ha Aleatico 1ha Bombino Nero 1ha Fiano 1ha Malbec 1.5ha Negroamaro 5ha Nero di Troia

Vine training system:
Espalier

Cultivation method in the vineyard:50% tilled, 50% grass left between the vines

Type of viticulture:certified organic

Harvest period:10-20 of August for white varietals, 15-30 of October for red varietals

Agronomist:Alfredo Tocchini

Oenologist:Luigi Cantatore with the supervision of Paolo Caciorgna

History

The property has been owned by the Perrone Capano family since 1628 and it is now run with passion by Roberto Capano, a trained oeconomist and sailing champion. Selected clones of typical grape varieties of the "Murge" region are grown: Uva di Troia, Aleatico, Bombino Nero, Negroamaro, Fiano. The Murge region is an area on the slopes of Castel del Monte, the beautiful octagonal Norman castle of the Swabian emperor Frederich the Second. The vineyards are worked as if they were a garden and the estate is now in the conversion phase to be certified organic. The cellars are built underground in order to provide the ideal temperature and humidity for the maturation and the storage of the wines (please bear in mind that the temperature during summer can easily reach 43 degrees Celsius!). The estate offers Castel del Monte Rosso DOC, also in the Riserva version, and Puglia IGT wines.

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