Menone is a wine that was born in 2006 in Copertino by an idea of Vigneron Vito Marulli. The wine is produced with a limited edition of 3000 bottles and is obtained from grapes harvested from a vineyard owned by 1,30 hectares in Copertino’s agri. The peculiarity of this vineyard is that it consists of plants of more than 80 years cultivated with the traditional Alberello Pugliese method with a yield/hectare of 40 ql.
This traditional technique preserves clusters of diseases and deteriorations due to adverse weather events and allows the clusters to receive a better sunlight than spit cultivation. In addition, the Alberello Pugliese enhances the quality of the grapes, which naturally has a low yield.
Menone is an innovative and unique wine, as unlike most important Negroamaro wines, it is not refined in wood. But it is also an incredibly authentic wine as it resumes the Salento tradition of conservation or refining Negroamaro wine in concrete tanks. In fact, Menone is only marketed after 36 months of cement refinement and a further period of acclimatization in the bottle. Only after 4 years Menone is ready to give all its sumptuous power and its regal elegance.
It is however a wine that if stored well it can easily overcome 15 years and over of aging giving endless emotions.
The grapes are harvested manually in wooden boxes generally in the third decade of September. As a result of the pig-smearing, the must remains macerated for about 15 days. The fermentation is carried out at a controlled temperature maintained within 24-26 ° C. and then the refining of wine for 4 years with 36 months of permanence in underground cement tanks as from classic Salento tradition.
The color is ruby red light but impenetrable to light. On the nose it is presented with scented and decided but not exaggerated and unsightly scents. High body and texture wine, warm and harmonious on the palate, wrapping it like a warm, hilarious embrace. It still maintains an enviable acidity and freshness with a persistent finish that leaves no doubt to anyone about its personality and grandeur.