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|Product Category||Red Wine|
|Vintage - Cuvée||2012|
|Grape / Raw material||negroamaro|
|Variety||negramaro 70%, cabernet sauvignon 30%|
|Alcohol Content||14% vol.|
|Tasting||Colore: intense ruby red. Scent: small red fruits and spices, light hints of vanilla and licorice. Taste: Soft and harmonious with ripe tannins in a rich and well-structured body. Persistent finals.|
|Food matches||Game, Stewed Meat, Red Meat, Pasta or Rice with Meat, Roasted Beef, Aged Cheese|
|Service temperature||16° – 18° C.|
|Suggested glass||Large calyx with a long stem|
|Awards||Bibenda 5 Bunches|
|Scores||Robert Parker 92/100, James Suckling 91/100|
Conti Zecca has inhabited the lands of Leverano, in the heart of Salento, for five centuries. Conti Zecca has always taken great efforts to listen to, understand and make good use of the land until finally, in the early 1900s, the production cycle from cultivation to vinification of the grapes from the estate was accomplished, without ever changing the subtle balance of the place.
Conti Zecca has inhabited the lands of Leverano, in the heart of Salento, for five centuries. Conti Zecca has always taken great efforts to listen to, understand and make good use of the land until finally, in the early 1900s, the production cycle from cultivation to vinification of the grapes from the estate was accomplished, without ever changing the subtle balance of the place. The transition from the vine to the cellar was a natural progression, one which the company still follows with the same dedication today.
Over time, the identity of the people and the place has overlapped, binding memory and nature together. A harmonious co-existence brought about by passion and respect, guarded peacefully and discreetly by those involved in the diligent work of Conti Zecca.
This spirit permeates everything that is born of Leverano, particularly Conti Zecca wines, which alone tell a story of quality founded on the native grape varieties of Negroamaro, Primitivo, Malvasia Nera and Bianca, as well as select non-native varieties that are well adapted to the territory of Salento. The family’s four estates, Cantalupi, Donna Marzia, Saraceno, Santo Stefano (covering a total of 320 hectares), are facets of this unique picture and give life to harmonious wines enjoyed by many.
Salento is a macro-area of Apulia and is the southern-most region of Italy. It covers the entire province of Lecce and extends northwards to include parts of the provinces of Brindisi and Taranto. Bathed in the east by the Adriatic Sea and in the west by the Ionian Sea, Salento is a flat terrain with olive groves, white beaches, farmhouses and vineyards scattered across the landscape. Although it has always been open to innovation, Salento is deeply rooted in its history and folklore, from the traditional cuisine, pizzica (traditional Salento music DANCE), the baroque architecture, the festivals and patron saint celebrations, textile and papier-mache articles, all of which are facets of the area that over the years have become points of strength and attraction for tourists and locals alike. This landscape, historical and cultural heritage is enhanced by the temperament of the inimitable Salentines PEOPLE FROM SALENTO o SALENTO PEOPLE who are renowned for their hospitality and warmth and their willingness to embrace newcomers wanting a taste of their land. Salento is a very sunny land with a Mediterranean climate characterised by long summers and constant sea breezes that blow perpetually through the vineyards contributing to the health of the grapes with their pest-controlling action. The soil is predominantly clayey in nature, but there are also fine, chalky soils, with reduced thickness and good drainage, and red, stony soils, rich in minerals, so that the entire area is the perfect habitat for various varieties of grape. The main wine production is red-berried grape varieties. In fact, Salento reigns supreme for the Negroamaro, a native variety that has a rich flesh PULP and compact bunches.
In the heart of this enchanting territory lies Leverano (“Liranu” in the local dialect), known as the “city of flowers”, , an active agricultural centre with approximately 14,000 inhabitants. Extending across a fertile plain, a few kilometres from the Ionian coast, Leverano sets itself apart by its outstanding production of wines, oil, fruit and vegetables and flowers. The coat of arms and symbol of Leverano is the Tower, 30 metres high and erected by Federico II of Swabia FREDERICK II in 1220 to defend the populated town and coast during the pirate attacks. Other places worthy of note are the 16th century Chiesa Matrice, an example of the transition from the renaissance to the baroque, the Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie with the annexed convent of the Friars Minor and the many fortified farmsteads FARMHOUSES, CALLED ‘MASSERIE’, many of which have now been converted into accommodation facilities. The mild climate and fertile land encouraged the Zecca family to settle in this area in 1580 and undertake their business endeavour, culminating in 1935 with the building of the cellar, helping to make Leverano, together with other local entities, one of the most active agricultural centres of the area. Leverano is now a dynamic town, where cultural events and entertainment take place every year, bringing to life the charming historic centre and other areas of the town. Leverano has recently seen an increase in tourist numbers, given that it is a strategic distance from the renowned towns of Porto Cesareo, Lecce or Gallipoli. The companies in the agro-food and manufacturing industries have made Leverano an interesting town in terms of trade, laying the foundations for the establishment of a bona fide district of excellence.
Conti Zecca is an Agricultural Company and therefore makes wine solely from its own grape production right the way through the entire production chain, starting with choosing the most suitable terrain, the best rootstock, grape variety, cloning and training system, to harvesting the grapes, wine-making, bottling and marketing of the finished product. All wines are born from a countryside-made project, in fact one of the key points of the company’s philosophy is the ongoing research for quality, firstly in the vineyard and then in the cellar, in respect of environmental, ethical and economic sustainability.
The integrated wine-making protocols that we use, in addition to ensuring the perfect integrity of the grapes that are at the heart of our production with traditional processes, also ensure the number of processes are kept to a minimum, significantly reducing the use of agricultural machinery and resulting in benefits to the environment and environmental energy costs. By reducing the number of processes to the vine, with the use of active principles of increasingly modern design which have a reduced environmental impact and with the help of precision wine-making, we expect to continue our company mission in a decisive way with respect for the environment, the land and those working in the vineyards every day.