Why's this wine for you?

From the heel of Italy, in Puglia, comes this ancient local variety Nero di Troia, one of the regions most often underused, but powerful red wines.

This foray into the 'black grape of Troy' comes from the winery Cantina della Riforma, or locally known as Grifo. We were first alerted to Grifo from the website Tastings.com who awarded Grifo's Nero di Troia a massive 97 points and a Platinum medal. While that vintage was long sold out, we managed to get our hands on the follow-up release, which in our eyes, was every bit as good as its predecessor.

Based in Ruvo, not far from the Mediterrenean sea, Grifo as founded on the principle of being a co-operative for all the local grape-growers to join forces. And so, in 1960, over 1000 local families and partners combined their experience and viticultural knowledge to create the ultimate regional winery. The wines are kept fresh and unctuous, with the combination of the local sea-breezes, and free draining rocky soils keeping the wines cool and in balance.

This Nero di Troia is an absolute bargain, and with the seal of approval from Italian wine identity, Luca Maroni, who awarded the wine 98 points and said 'mint, blackberry and spice wrap and caress the palate with endless harmony' we are excited to offer it for the first time in Australia.

If you love earthen, cool-climate Syrah, with the tannin and power of Piedmont and the sweet, succulence of Primitivo, then this will be a wine for you. Exceptional value.


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The Brief
Alcohol
13.0%
Net Volume
750ml
Vintage
2020
Cellar to
2025
How's it taste?
Ruby red tending towards vermillion. Ripe fruits are at the fore, especially red and black cherries. Smooth tannin and freshness in the mouth give this wine a balanced character and it has a long, decidedly balsamic finish. Pairs well with bread dumplings in tomato sauce, meats, aged canestrato Pugliese cheese.
How was it made?
The grapes are immediately taken to the winery to undergo destemming and crushing. There is then a pre-fermentative maceration for 24-48 hours, after which the must is left to ferment in steel containers for 7-10 days at a controlled temperature. After racking, the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation before being bottled.
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Expert Review
Expert Review
98 Points
Luca Maroni
The sensations provide exceptional softness of fruit. On the palate the mellow flesh of its ripe plum perfectly envelops its lively acidity and dense tannins. It's persuasive results are amplified both by its majestic extractive consistency and by its impeccable, executive wine clarity. A great wine. Second Best Wine Of Italy, Annurario Dei Migliori Vini 2022.
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