Primitivo di Manduria Riserva 2016, Anniversario 62, San Marzano, Salento, Puglia, Italy
Cassis, plum and cherry, alongside liquorice and sweet spices. Wonderfully big and powerful, yet deliciously smooth. Sometimes the Italians do get it it right. Turkey anyone?
Blend -100% Primitivo. The grapes were hand-harvested once they had reached an advanced state of ripening. Temperature-controlled fermentation took place at 24 to 26°C and lasted for approximately 15 days. The wine went through malolactic fermentation in stainless steel vats before being racked into French and American oak barrels, where it matured for 18 months.
Producer - In 1962, 19 vine growers from San Marzano whose families had farmed the land for generations, combined their efforts to establish 'Cantine San Marzano'. Through the decades this cooperative has grown significantly, attracting over 1,200 vine growers. Using modern and technologically advanced vinification techniques they produce elegant wines that pay homage to the ancient Apulian wine traditions. The fusion of time honoured tradition, passion and contemporary techniques, enables this winery to produce wines with distinctive varietal and regional characteristics while reflecting the local terroir. In the Sommelier Wine Awards, San Marzano was awarded European Producer of the Year 2017.
Alcohol Percentage - 14.5%