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Delinquente Hell Wines: Negroamaro

Delinquente Hell Wines: Negroamaro

$35.00

Delinquente’s Hell – experimental, super small batch, boundary pushing wines.

Negroamaro is the bitter black grape of Calabria, its earthiness, savoury bitter character really excites me. Picked early and treated simply, the fruit was handpicked and destemmed into one tonne open fermenters. Gentle hand plunging, post primary ferment the wine was pressed off to old oak for malo and maturation for about 8 months. Racked, and a touch of SO2 added, we then blended in a small amount of Montepulciano and Lagrein to give a faintly meaty backbone and tannin.

This wine is very much in that light, splashy, natty style red vibe – but with more depth, savouriness and interest. The Negroamaro has a very earthy, forest floor feel, the fruitiness restrained by a herbal, aniseed note that is moreish and delicious. A faint lick of tannin and a sharp acidity throughout give length – served chilled, or not, it’s up to you!

2 in stock (can be backordered)

Description

Delinquente makes small batch, minimal intervention wines from Southern Italian grape varieties grown in the Riverland, South Australia.

We were born and raised in the Riverland, surrounded by vineyards and the mighty Murray River. Delinquente is our attempt at making the best wine we can from the place we grew up. Organically grown, minimal intervention, honest, hand-made wines that not only are great fun to drink, but represent the sun, the red dirt and uniquely Australian terroir of the Riverland.

The Riverland can be very hot and very dry, particularly through the vines growing season. For that reason, we’ve chosen to work with Southern Italian grape varieties – varieties that are suited to the climate, need less water and are naturally drought resistant, are late ripening and retain natural acidity. In this way, they are more environmentally sustainable, and allow us to make wines with lower alcohol levels but heaps of freshness and flavour.

Delinquente is “delinquent” in Italian, which speaks to our desire to always buck the trend, break rules and do things our way. To that end, all of the incredible artwork for Delinquente, from the labels, to cartons, tees and even gifs, are created by our good friend Jason Koen, AKA “Ankles”.