Girofle, one of the Negroamaro rosés, was named purely as a play on words.
Garofano, in Italian, means “carnation”. In French, “Girofle” means the same thing. It was a bit of a pun between the wine itself and its maker!
“Puns aside, how is the Girofle made?”
The Girofle is made by macerating grapes for 20 hours, followed by the saigneé process. The intact bunches of Negroamaro grapes are cooled to a temperature of 10 degrees Celsius before being pressed. The wine presents itself with some spicy notes.
The Company philosophy is to continue to produce wines with passion. They’re not focused on pursuing market trends, but rather on conveying that identity through their wines.
The excitement just never ends. To our delight, we were invited to taste a bottle of the 2013 Girofle.
One could make a lot of comments about drinking a 2013 rose.
“By now it’s probably just vinegar”
“Rosé is a wine to drink young”
“Rosé is just a summer drink, drink it during the day”
To be fair, they’d have a point. The Girofle Controcorrente is, in fact, an unusual and rebellious wine, which enjoys debunking these myths.
This vintage is made completely from Negroamaro grapes from the 2013 harvest. During the cellar tastings one does to check the progress of the wine development, Stefano noticed a huge potential for this particular batch that hadn’t yet been expressed.
“So what would happen if the grapes were left in the cement barrels for a bit longer?”
A daring, courageous, offbeat choice. And so, after two and a half years of aging in cement, only 1000 bottles produced, a wine was born not at all according to plan: Girofle Controcorrente. How lucky to have tasted it!
Another great move was to bottle it in dark glass bottle rather than transparent, which protects it from being affected by sunlight.