Ares Rosso 2016
The Ares Rosso might seem aggressive given its name – Ares was the Greek god of War – but the wine is notably restrained, especially in terms of alcohol, which the Tommasi family, owners of the estate, believes is key to making balanced wines in Puglia. The premium fruit required for making this wine is obtained as a result of strict clonal selection, modern vine training systems, and severe pruning, in order to produce a small amount of high quality wines with respect for terroir and tradition.
The vineyards are located in Manduria, one of the finest zones for the cultivation of the Primitivo grape. All of the vineyards are organically farmed.
The vineyards are designed so as to fit perfectly into their surroundings: the vines are supported by wooden stakes at the head of each row, and by galvanized iron posts along their length. An irrigation system exists, but it is only used in periods of extreme drought.The soil in this area is limestone-based: it is very fertile and permeable, as well as being cool and a reddish ocher in color due to its iron content.
The wine undergoes 10 days of fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, followed by 6 months aging in oak casks.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Primitivo
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Arthemis Fiano is named after the goddess of the moon; all of the Masseria Surani names are named after Greek deities to pay tribute to the area in Puglia in which the winery is located. In keeping with a tribute to the local land, the winemaking process is noninvasive and allows the characteristics of the local terroir to shine through. The resulting wine is aromatic, marked by notes of white flowers, tangerine, and lime. The premium fruit required for making this wine is obtained as a result of strict clonal selection, modern vine training systems, and severe pruning, in order to produce a small amount of high quality wines with respect for terroir and tradition.
Named for the Son of Zeus in honor of the growing area's ancient Greek origins, this wine is made from 100% Primitivo, the indigenous and most well-known grape in Puglia. Though appreciated for its high alcohol in the past, wines made from Primitivo are now more elegant, as is the case with Heracles. As is now more often the case with Primitivo, the wine is pleasantly fruity with hints of cherry and raspberry. Depending on the soil type, Primitivo can also contain spicy notes, and Heracles demonstrates notes of baking spice, licorice, and even hints of chocolate. Aging for 10 months in oak softens the excessive tannins which sometimes emerge in a young wine.