Paolo Leo Negroamaro 2016, Puglia

Awards and Accolades

  • Bronze - Decanter 2016

Paolo Leo Negroamaro 2016, Puglia
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You have to hand it to the wines from Italy's south; they're a really refreshing change from anything else you're used to drinking.

Tons of upfront fruit flavours, warm with subtle spice hints, and bags of local, unique character. These are Italian red wines guaranteed to bring a smile to the face. Wines to open with friends and family to enjoy. They don't demand food either, but will help any dish shine even brighter.

Barbecue to pizza, chilli to chops: this red wine will leave you wanting more, that's for sure.

Deep purple, here's a southern Italian red wine you might not have come across before. A Puglian native, Negroamaro wines have come on leaps and bounds in recent years, giving really good red wines that are top value too. Italy's answer to Shiraz?
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ArrayFull-Bodied Red, Unoaked Red



Food Match

ArrayBBQ, Mediterranean, Pizza

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  • Customer Reviews

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The Producer

The Paolo Leo winery has been in the same family hands for five generations, so has been well-placed to witness the dramatic changes in Puglian wine fortunes over the years.

The focus today is very much on producing Italian wines of real character and value, wines which reflect the rich history of Puglian wine.

The new winery was built in 1989 and boasts state of the art winemaking and ageing facilities. The investment Paolo Leo has made, both in their vineyards and in the winery, is clearly reflected in the outstanding quality of the wines.
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Tom Cannavan Reviews

Don't just take our word for it; here's what wine writer Tom Cannavan has to say:

An intriguing wine from the ‘heel’ of Italy, very distinctive with its nose of tobacco and cherry, notes of balsamic and bay leaf adding up to lots of personality. I really like the palate on this too, it is concentrated and powerful, but not heavy: there’s an agility to the cherry-fresh fruit and acidity, and a twist of liquorice adds a lovely bittersweet quality. So much ripe fruit packed in here, but the wine retains a keen edge thanks to its crunchy tannin and excellent, pert acid framework. With a meaty lasagne, spaghetti Bolognese or chilli con carne this would be a dream.

The Region

Down in Italy's deep south lies Puglia (or Apulia in English), effectively the 'heel' of the Italian 'boot'. Whilst it's not the most famous Italian wine region, you'll be surprised by how good the wines are from this quiet corner of Italy.

We say 'quiet', but in fact, Puglia produces more wine than the whole of Australia, albeit only a minority bottled as Puglian wine. As you can imagine, the climate here lends itself to some richly-flavoured red wines, especially those from Primitivo and Negroamaro grapes.

Classic Meditteranean summers and winters that are never too harsh make for some Italian red wines you'll enjoy discovering.
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Roast Lamb with Herb Butter

Roast Lamb works a treat with heavy southern Italian red, with the balanced tannins and spiced flavours of the wine perfectly matching this simple, easy roast.
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Sausages with Mushrooms and Olives

Quick to prepare and packed with flavour, this sausage stew will work well with smooth, earthy reds with red fruit flavours. Something like our Paolo Leo Primitivo - it's a real treat.
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Puy Lentil Bolognese

A rich, earthy, veggie sauce will complement a bright, fruity red from Grenache or Syrah - try an approachable Cotes du Rhone or Puglian red with plenty of fruit flavour.
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