*Masseria Li Veli Askos Susumaniello 2016
Ruby red with purplish shimmer, on the nose it presents a distinct red berries aroma, from raspberry, sour cherry, to blackcurrant, followed by liquorices, rhubarb and rawhide leather. On the mouth it tastes soft with a good fatness, very elegant and well balanced by a tannins party. The long finish on the palate shows a touch of acidity and a great freshness.
ASKOS is the name of the project of rediscovery and selection of ancient Apulian grape varieties that are almost disappearing. Wines are produced by using exclusively these indigenous varietals, cultivated in their most suitable terroirs according the traditional method. We have chosen a Greek “Askos” (=Decanter) as a symbol of the wine making, a practice that in Puglia was started by the ancient Greeks.
Susumaniello is an extremely rare grape variety found only in the Salento region of Puglia and the name means "little donkey" in the local dialect, which refers to the large bunches that hang from the vines like the heavy loads carried by donkeys. It is a gorgeous drop of indigenous loveliness. It's concentrated, but it's not a heavyweight, which is a little surprising given its provenance in Italy's scorching, sun-ripened South, where grapes put on weight faster than a retired footballer. It shows a lightness of touch in fragrance and body. The flavours of the South (plums, warm tomato skins, leather, tobacco, dried herbs) are still there, but carried within a softer frame.