In a nutshell: A juicy, full flavoured southern Italian red blend from Puglia.
The lowdown: The Puglian heel of Italy is prime country for making rich, powerful reds from two of their signature grape varieties, Negroamaro and Primitivo. And Verso Rosso, which comes from grapes grown the Salento region which is the real 'heel' of the country is a brilliant example. Nearly two thirds of the blend is Negroamaro, a portion of which was dried before pressing to give extra concentration, and it creates a rich, smooth wine packed with juicy dark fruits, plums and raisins, dark chocolate, pepper and sweet spice. It's full bodied, but very well balanced and really approachable making it very enjoyable drinking.
When to drink: Big, but easy drinking, beef, venison and barbecues are the sort of things for this.