A Mano Primitivo 2013



Deeply coloured and exuberant on the nose, with perfumes of ripe, red fruit, especially raspberries and a spicy, smoky edge from the oak ageing. On the palate it is youthful and full-bodied, with great balance between ripe, rounded fruit characters including blackberry and blueberry, sweet, toasty oak and ripe, full tannins.

The grapes for this wine come from vineyards in the heart of the Primitivo growing region, located in the low hills east of Taranto in Puglia. The region is an old sea bed, full of fossils of clams, oysters and urchins. The altitude is approximately 30-60 metres above sea level and annual rainfall is 35 centimetres. The climate is classically Mediterranean as Puglia is a peninsula between the Adriatic and the Ionian seas. The Primitivo vines are quite old; most are the original plantings after phylloxera and range from 70 to 100 years old. As with most vineyards planted at that time they are small bush vines called "alberello" which are non-irrigated and low yielding. The average Primitivo vineyard is quite small, less than half a hectare (one acre) and the best sites have a crumbly, dark reddish brown soil that resembles instant coffee.

Native yeasts were used for the fermentation which took place at very low temperatures (16ºC), in order to retain the raspberry aromas of classic Primitivo. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation and then aged in 80% French and 20% American new oak barrels for a period of two months. After bottling the wine is rested for around four months before release.

13.5% abv



A Mano Primitivo 2013
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