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“Castello Monaci’s only rosato within their range of wines has changed composition for the 2013 vintage and switched from a blend of Negramaro and Malvasia Nera di Lecce to a monovarietal Negramaro.
The 2013 was the perfect vintage for Negramaro vines as the weather was more tempered and sunny when compared to the previous year. With the extraordinary climate of 2013, the grapes had the time to grow slowly, and achieve optimum levels of ripeness. The most important difference is represented by the color of the wine; typically the Apulian rosato is called “rosatone” as the color is very dark due to the large amount of hours of skin contact. Kreos 2013 is pale and more elegant in style. Skin contact was six hours less than prior vintages (from 18 to 12 hours). The bouquet is intense with fruit and spice flavors (rose, strawberry, blueberry and pepper with a good acidity). The wine is very well balanced.
The use of Malvasia Nera di Lecce in the previous vintages gave a wine more creamy with less acidity, capable to age less time in bottle. The new style of Kreos is fresh and easy to drink.”
“Liante is the ‘wind of the Levant’ which gusts throughout the Adriatic region.
The 2011 Liante Salice Salentino is deep ruby red in color with an expressive bouquet of plum, spice and vanilla. Rich and pure in the mouth with mixed berry, cedar and smoke.”
“Castello Monaci found the Salento region to expand production to include Fiano. Fiano Salento offers greater freshness and minerality when compared to it’s cousin in Campania further to the north.
The 2012 Acante Fiano is straw yellow in color with a tropical nose of pear, pineapple and honey. On the palate the wine is fresh and lively with well balanced notes of fresh fruit and hazelnut.”