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Aquarius— 2019 DELINQUENTE Hell Negroamaro

$50.00

A unique wine from a young, eccentric winemaker; Delinquente Hell wines are small batch, experimental, radical drops.

Almost aloof on the nose, subtle yet intriguing. Aromas of red cherry, black plum and blackberry jam. The palate leads with cranberry, raspberry, red cherry compote, with some black fruit Ribena notes to follow the nose and a hint of bitter orange peel.

There is a bold, jammy concentration to the fruit flavours, in paradox to the lighter impression and unassuming nose. Reflective somewhat of the mental prowess and big thinking behind the Aquarian’s bubbly, social facade.

A tangy acid line draws length to the fruit flavours and brightens the jammy intensity. This is a light, juicy, carefree drop but with some serious intellectual substance - just like our Aquarian souls.

 

Winemaker’s notes

‘Negroamaro is the bitter black grape of Calabria, its earthiness, savoury bitter character really excites me. Picked early and treated simply, the fruit was handpicked and destemmed into one tonne open fermenters. Gentle hand plunging, post primary ferment the wine was pressed off to old oak for malo and maturation for about 8 months. Racked, and a touch of SO2 added, we then blended in a small amount of Montepulciano and Lagrein to give a faintly meaty backbone and tannin.

This wine is very much in that light, splashy, natty style red vibe – but with more depth, savouriness and interest. The Negroamaro has a very earthy, forest floor feel, the fruitiness restrained by a herbal, aniseed note that is moreish and delicious. A faint lick of tannin and a sharp acidity throughout give length – served chilled, or not, it’s up to you!’

 

Aquarius Season - January 21 to February 19

Ruler | Uranus - Element | Air - Quality | Fixed

 

Aquarius, the truth seeker.

Light with possibilities, bright with intelligence and wholly unique. Cool and aloof. 

Interested, opinionated and wonderful. A friend to everyone. Charismatic and eccentric, you possess a relaxed, self-assurance that others are drawn to. A non-conformist at heart, you delight in rocking convention and in your refusal to conform; you are unapologetically yourself.

Generally a tranquil and gentle soul, you are motivated by helping others, not through service or small gestures but rather sweeping, violent change. You possess an intelligence unlike any other; analytical and objective. There is a sharpness to your perception that sees through a different lens. You think bigger than others can perceive.

You know your own mind and won’t have it altered by anyone. Fixed in nature, you are determined in your ideas and dedicated in your beliefs. You innately seek the truth.

Ruled by Uranus, the planet of surprise, innovation and technology. With your occasional erraticism and unpredictability, you are a mirror of its influence. This inclination rejects the archaic in favour of the new. Innovation is the product of research and continuous experimentation. Alert and inquisitive, you are driven by what is yet to be discovered. Attuned to higher spheres of thought.

You have so much to offer the world; light, kindness, intelligence and hope. Yet surrounded by the energy of others leaves you craving space; time alone to mediate on new ideas. The rebel must also be the recluse. It has been said that ‘to stifle an Aquarian is to pin down a butterfly’. So beautiful and fragile, restraining such a creature would destroy it, denying the world the vibrancy of its presence.

Freedom-loving Aquarians are happiest when living their independence.