Verdeca is an indigenous variety of Puglia that screams summer-time. Grown in vineyards just off the sea, you can almost taste the seaside in this vibrant, mineral white. Petraluce refers the light-colored stones that litter the vineyards and reflect the sun’s, at times, intense Puglian heat.
Terroir: Vines cultivated at Monaci’s Brindisi estates near the seaside. Vines are grown in deep dry clay soil containing some tuffaceous limestone, using spurred cordons. The average yield is 3.7 tonnes/acre.
Vinification: The grapes ripen in the second week of September, are harvested mechanically in the early hours of the morning with the cool air and are then taken to the winery immediately. After crushing and soft-pressing, the grapes ferment at a controlled temperature in steel vats. The wine then ages on its lees until the beginning of February and this is followed by bottling and further ageing in the bottle for 2 months.
The bouquet is intense and delicate with attractive hints of fruit and flowers while the flavor is fresh, sapid, soft and persistent.
Score: 88 PointsWine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
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