Tufarello is made by the Farnese winemaking team at their winery where the talented young Marco Flacco is in charge with Alberto Antonini as consultant. The wine is made from the Uva di Troia (also known as Nero di Troia) grape that is grown around Canosa di Puglia.
The name attests to its Greek origins (Troy) and it is said to take its name from the nearby town of Troia, named by the Greek invader Diomedes.
Canosini is an old, 30 hectare, bush trained vineyard which produces fruit of outstanding quality.
The 2012 harvest in Puglia was very good. Summer was sunny, dry and warm with many days in the mid to upper 30°Cs. The warm weather caused the earliest harvest on record with very high ripeness levels across all vineyards. Grapes were in excellent condition. The large harvest finished at the end of September.
On arrival at the winery the grapes were de-stemmed and gently crushed before fermentation and maceration on the skins in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks between 30-32°C. Regular, gentle pumping over took place for around two weeks, with the must being tasted every day to ensure the tannins levels were not too high. The wine saw a limited amount of oak treatment to soften the natural grape tannins but Alberto wanted to preserve the quality of the fruit so used very little oak on the wine.
Deep dark red in colour with a dark purple core, this is a wine bursting with blueberry fruit and spice on the nose. There is a touch of sour cherry on the palate, boosted by powerful blackberry and dark plums and a chunky, fruit-packed finish.
Nero de Troia