Passitivo Primitivo 2010 Puglia

Passitivo Primitivo Puglia - Italian Red Wine - Buy Wine OnlinePrice: £8.16

14.5% - 75 cl

VINEYARD AREAS: The Primitivo grapes are selected from low-yielding vineyards near Sava and Salento in southern Puglia. The traditional Alberello basso vine training method is employed.

HARVEST: The grapes are carefully picked by hand in late August. The vineyards are picked over and over again, with pickers selecting only those bunches at the perfect stage of maturity.

APPASSIMENTO: A part of the picked grapes are laid to dry in well aerated lofts is small crates of 5 kgs each. The 'drying room' is kept at a constant humidity of 50% and at a controlled temperature of 20-25C. The grapes remain in appassimento for 15 to 20 days, where they lose up to 25% of their original weight due to dehydration.

VINIFICATION: The grapes which are not left to dry follow a simple red wine vinification process. 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 at a controlled temperature of 28-30C for 8-10 days. Frequent remontage and delestage are carried out in the early stages of fermentation in order to achieve soft extraction of aromas and gentle tannins. After racking, malolactic fermentation is induced. Following the appassimento, the dried grapes are vinified separately and using the same method. A lower temperature is preferred during fermentation, 25-26C, in order to avoid extraction of hard tannins. After racking, malolactic fermentation is induced.

BLENDING: Blending is carried out following the vinification and consist of approximately 30% of the appassito wine and 70% of the regularly vinified wine.

Intense ruby-red color, with a complex bouquet reminiscent of cherries, raspberries and red currants. The oak ageing adds a pleasant roasted and spicy aroma. On the palate, it is full-bodied, supple and well-balanced and with a long finish.

IDEAL WITH: Perfect with roasted red meats and mature cheeses.

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