Rohesia

Cantele once again made history when it produced its first classic-method wine from Negroamaro, Rohesia Brut — the first-ever sparkling Negroamaro to be released commercially.

On the heels of the success of its still Rohesia — a rosé made from a meticulous selection of Negroamaro grapes — it was only natural that the Cantele family would push the envelope of Pugliese by making the first premium sparkling wine to come from the region.

Together, the two wines — Rohesia Rosé and Rohesia Brut Rosé (sparkling) — have been called some of the best wines produced in Puglia today by critics on both side of the Atlantic. Not only do they show the depth and nuance that Negroamaro can attain when approached with technical expertise and the right enological sensibility, but they also demonstrate the true nobility of this variety.

The Rohesia rosé (rosato) is bright in the glass and fresh in the mouth. Approachable and food-friendly, it delivers notes of wild berries and ripe red fruit in the mouth with vibrant acidity that sings on the palate.

The Rohesia Brut is made using the same techniques adopted in Champagne. Its slightly yeasty nose and rich fruit flavors are balanced by nuanced savory character— a signature of Negroamaro. It’s a truly unique and unforgettable expression of this ancient grape.

CLASSIFICATION I.G.T. Salento.
GRAPE VARIETY Negroamaro.
PRODUCTION AREA Guagnano (Le).
TRAINING Spur-pruned cordon (5,000 plants per ha).
HARVEST Second half of September.
MACERATION More than 24 hours.
VINIFICATION The free-run must is fermented at 16° C.
AGING On its lees for approximately 4 months.
AGING POTENTIAL Drink now or cellar 2-3 years.
SERVE AT 11° C. (52° F.).

Tasting Notes

COLOR  Rich cherry rosé.

NOSE Rich and lingering, with hints of red berry fruit, strawberry, pomegranate, and cherry. Complex aromatic character with a note of flint.

PALATE  Round and confidently powerful, with lingering aromatic character. Powerful but very fresh and flavorful.

Wine Art

The labels for Rohesia and Alticelli take their inspiration from Kandinsky’s famous essay “Point and line to plane.”

A cutting die depicted by a line, which, as Kandinsky writes, is the trace left by the point in motion. It’s dynamic and could even be called “lyrical” because it curves.

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