|Winery||Leone de Castris|
|Wine zone||Manduria e Salice Salentino|
|Appellation or Vine||Negroamaro|
|Composition||Negroamaro (90%), Malvasia Nera (10%)|
Five Roses is the most widely known wine produced by the company Leone de Castris. It is the first rosé to have been bottled and put on the market in Italy. It is obtained from the Negroamaro and Malvasia grapes, typical of Salento, that come from the Five Roses area in Salice Salentino. The area takes its name from the fact that for every generation, every member of the Castris family has had five children. At the end of the Second World War, General Charles Poletti, commissioner for the allied forces, asked for a large quantity of rosé wine, but he wanted it to have an American name. This is the origin of Five Roses. It has a winey, fruity aroma and a dry velvety taste.
The producerThe Leone de Castris cellars were founded in 1665 and run by Duke Oronzo Arcangelo Maria Francesco Count of Lesmos. Since this date members of the Castris family have shown various interests: some became involved with the cellars and with wine, while others became cardinals or generals in the national guard, and some still became senators of the Italian Kingdom. The cellar began bottling its products in 1925 and became the first wine cellar in Italy to put a rosé on the market. Today Piernicola Leone de Castris continues the family wine-making tradition with love and enthusiasm. The land is particularly appropriate for the production of vines, vines well suited to the climate and of a fine quality, grapes perfectly mature and appropriate for wine-making and ageing. These are the secrets, which have led to many years success and to many of the characteristics of this wine.
Best withThis wine is suitable throughout the meal, but goes particularly well with fish soup, boiled foods and white meat.
How to serve itThe wine should be served at 8 - 10 degrees centigrade in clear, transparent crystal goblets.
How to keepAlthough, this isn't a wine that should be aged for very long, if it is conserved well it will hold on to its characteristics for five to six years from date it was put on the market. The bottles should be laid horizontally in a cool, dark, humid wine-cellar.