2017 Vigna Cantina Negro Amaro

Charismatic individual

Native family red grape of Molise Abruzzi now grown here in the Barossa Valley.

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RegionBarossa Valley
Specified VineyardSingle vineyard that lays upon ironstone, clay loam over limestone
Altitude360 metres
Trellis SystemSingle wire
VarietalNegro Amaro 100%
Age of Vines6 year old graft onto 50 year old semillon
Yield per Vine3 kg / 2.5 ton per acre
Oak TreatmentSeasoned French Francois Freres barriques for 9 months
Total Production3500 bottles
VintageExcellent winter rains and good fruit set was a good sign for a healthy vintage. Summer was mild to warm with a couple of rain events during January & February helped freshen things up leading into April harvest.
Wine MakingMade via 20% whole bunch wild yeast ferment in small open top fermenters, soft pump overs, basket pressed to barrel to complete ferment and bottled unfiltered.
StyleA truly charismatic red table wine with high perfumed dark red spiced summer fruits that runs through the palate with added licorice blackstrap, violets, earthen notes. The finish is long, fresh and lively with lovely supple tannins.


The WineFront – Gary Walsh Dec 2017

Cherry, almond, a bit of an orange peel and dried herb aromatic, a dusting of pepper. It’s medium bodied, kind of juicy and supple, with cherry and that pinch of bitterness that makes it so wonderfully gustatory. Finishes with a soft powdery tannin, and good length. Here’s a great drink.