Botromagno, Nero di Troia, Puglia, Italy, 2018

£15.50

Made from Uva di Troia, the name of which derives from the town of Troia in northern Puglia near the town of Foggia (one for fans of classic 1990s Italian Football there) which was founded by Diomedes (literally the coolest name ever – meaning “god-like cunning”). The grape is mostly cultivated in this area and a pretty hardy variety that can adapt to most circumstances and is widely overlooked by the two dominant varieties of the region namely Negroamaro and Primitivo.  It can also be blended with other varieties such as Montepulciano (grape not town), Sangiovese and Bombino Nero.

Nose

Cherries. Plum. Cinnamon. Red fruits. Sage. Tobacco leaf.

Palate

Velvety smooth with flavours of red berries and blackberry. Dark chocolate. Touch of spice and finishes with great length and intensity.