Primitivo 2017 DOC
Often the Primitivo grape is mostly associated with the town of Manduria. Instead even in the northern part of Puglia, there are fantastic producers bestowing great honours upon this grape, quite often defamed by cheap wines sold around the world. This nectar comes from Gioia del Colle, in the heart of Murge hills. The vineyard generating this pearl was planted back in 1990 at 365 above the level of sea. If the vines are thirsty, they need to wait for the rain, as the winemaker doesn’t do any sort of irrigation. The fermentation and maceration process lasts 10/13 days, and then the precious juice undergoes the malolactic fermentation. There is no clarification, stabilization and filtration. After that, the nectar ages for six months in stainless steel vessels, and further six month in Slovonian oak (750 litres) with the use of the music therapy (!!!!!). This technique is based on the idea that Classical and New Age music soft vibrations improve the activity of the micro flora present in the wine and support its breathing when in casks. Before realising, the wine sleeps other six months in the bottle. It is an organic nectar.
In the glass the wine has a ruby colour. The intensity is medium. It is clear with no traces of deposits.
The aromas intensity is medium plus. There is a lovely mix of sour cherry, blackcurrant and prune. The spices and the medical herbs give an elegant touch to the aromatic palette, while secondary notes, as charred woods and toast, make this wine more masculine. The clearest tertiaries are fig, prune and dried fruits (but never cooked). Overall this nectar is characterized by a unique sensation of freshness.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a medium plus level of acidity and tannins. The alcohol is high (i.e. 15%), but it does not burn at all. The flavour intensity is medium plus, with the sour cherry and spices dominating the blast of flavours flooding in our mouth. The sips are never boring; the wine is incredibly fresh and dynamic. The finish is medium plus.
This Primitivo is really nice. Forget the typical aromas of overcooked fruits or the rough tannins of cheap wine that are often the only options available in the main shops and abroad. The nectar is excellent by its own nevertheless the 15% alcohol, but it works perfectly well with charcuterie and matured cheese. Personally, I enjoyed it eating orecchiette with a sauce of: datterini, swordfish, and buffalo ricotta (enriched with capers, olives and basil). Salute!
Final vote: 92
Price: £15 at Whole Foods