Primitivo has been arguably identied as the same grape as zinfandel. However, while they share parentage, it has become evident that they are separate clones.
Like its cousin, the Primitivo yields dark colored wines redolent of wild blackberries with spicy, someyimes peppery nuances. Bold in tannins it is generally full-bodied. Yet, it is a versatile grape that can be fashioned into fruity, lighter red and rose renditions.
VARIETAL COMPOSITION: Primitivo APPELLATION: DOC
AREA OF PRODUCTION/ORIGIN: Some towns of Taranto province.
VINIFICATION: Vinification is carried out using the traditional “submerged cap” system, carefully controlled in order to extract delicate tannins and varietal fruit characteristics. During the maturation phase in stainless steel wine vats and bottle, these evolve to reach their highest possible levels. Maceration lasts for 12-15 days at controlled temperatures not exceeding 28°C.
HARVEST DATE: First 10 days of September
CELLARING: 5 – 6 years
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 14,5 %vol
TASTING NOTES: Intense purple colour, tending towards amber with ageing. This wine has a very solid structure due to the elevated alcohol and the balance between the soft tannins and acidity.
CULINARY SUGGESTIONS: Great wine for roasted and grilled meats. Ideal with game dishes. Excellent with mature hard cheeses.
SERVING TEMPERATURE: 18°-20° C.