Paolo Petrilli - Cacc'e Mmitte di Lucera 2018
Region: Cacc'e Mmitte di Lucera / Puglia
Grapes: Uva di Troia (with some Sangiovese, Montepulciano and Bombino Bianco)
Dear me what a mouthful of a name. Cacc'e Mmitte di Lucera is a hot and dry region around Lucera near Foggia in Puglia. The name is summed up best by the Wines of Puglia:
"Cacc’e mmitte di Lucera, produced only as a red wine, owes its name to a dialect term for an ancient local custom. The owners of farms that had a wine-making facility rented out the equipment, but only for the day, so that it would be available for the next user. Thus, the grapegrower had to Cacce--take out--from the vat his freshly-pressed must and bring it to his own cellar to leave space for the next renter with his load ready to Mmitte--put in--the press."
The wines are based on the Uva di Troia (or Nero di Troia) grape. A variety of growing importance in Puglia but still relatively rare. A grape that makes full bodied and rich wines while maintaining its acidity in dry, warm climates. A variety now being grown by the Chalmers in Victoria.
Full bodied but not heavy. A richly flavoured wine with balanced chewy tannins and loads of juicy black fruit, sweet cherry and spice. A really good value wine from the south of Italy.
There can be a slight tingly spritz on opening, if you don't like it just wait and it will blow off.