SoulMate is a wild, effusive red wine with great intensity but also very pronounced minerality and may be the most ‘terroir-driven’ wine from Valentina seeing as it is a grape not really thought of in Puglia (Montepulciano), yet still definitively ‘Valentina’ in the soul of the wine. This is the only wine in the Calcarius range currently that sees barrel maturation and definitely stands out amongst the other wines for its concentrated yet lithe flavors and aromas. It is soulful and friendly at the same time, thus the SoulMate.
The grapes were hand-harvested and fully destemmed and lightly crushed. They were then placed in open-top stainless-steel vats where fermentation occurred without any additions. After seven days on skins without any manipulation, the wine was pressed directly to 50hL neutral Slavonian botti for maturation at ambient temperatures. The lees was frequently stirred weekly over the course of one year in wood and then gently racked for bottling off the gross lees to tank to settle naturally. It was then bottled without fining or filtration and just a small addition of sulfur. It was further aged for a year in bottle prior to being released.