Southern Italian speciality
Negroamaro means literally 'black, bitter' and that more or less describes the grape. The pleasure of Italy for the winelover is discovering its several hundred native grapes and this is a typical and individual example. It's a regional speciality, but one that is gaining international fame. That's partly because it is simply such great value.
In Salice Salentino (pronounced (Sah-lee-chay Sah-len-teen-oh) some Malvasia Nera is blended in to create a ripe, elegant, savoury style. This is a development from Negroamaro's more rustic character.
Colour: red; dark garnet
Body: medium bodied
Tastes: firm acidity, with dark plum fruit and firm tannin
Spotter's guide: this is a Southern Italian speciality from Puglia
Keep or drink? Drink now with food, but the better wines will keep 3-5 years
Price range: £4.99-£15.99