Vineyards – 100% Primitivo carefully selected from low-yielding vineyards in the Commune of Maruggio, in an area called
“Saracena”, in the Province of Taranto, southern Puglia. Average vine age of 60 years old.
The harvested grapes are placed in small wooden crates of 5 kg each. The crates are then placed in the “fruttaio,” a well aerated loft, and are left there to dry at a controlled temperature and humidity for approximately 10 days. During this “appassimento” the grapes will lose – depending on the vintage – up to 40% of their original weight in water.
This “drying process” will concentrate their colour, substance and aromas.
Vinification – After de-stemming, the grapes are not crushed, allowing them to remain intact, reducing damage to the skins and
optimizing colour extraction. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 23-25°C for 8-10 days. Frequent remontage and delestage are carried out during the fermentation in order to achieve soft extraction of aromas and gentle tannins. Post fermentation, 100% is placed in first and second year French oak barriques for 10 months. Following bottling the wine is left to cellar age for a further 4 months before release.
Alcohol : 15 %
Tasting Notes – Displays aromas of dried fruit, exotic spices, white pepper and chocolate. The mouth feel is round and intense, with layers upon layers of soft elegant tannins, vanilla, prunes, coffee and underbrush. The finish is elegant and persistent and extremely well-balanced.
Serve with game, meat dishes and hard cheeses. Also ideal on its own as a “meditation wine”.
Current vintage – 2021