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A Mano Primitivo di Puglia 2019

An excellent Primitivo - elegant, hearty and opulent, with rich plum and cocoa.
Big & Bold
£11.50
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Producer A Mano
Country Italy
Region Puglia
Wine Type Red Wine
Body / Style Big & Bold
Grape Blend 100% Primitivo
Bottle Size (ml) 750
% Abv 14.5
Vintage 2019
Special Features Sustainable, Vegan
Extra Info Hearty yet complex
Food Pairing Guide Try with steak or bolognese
Terroir The grapes for this wine come 70 year old vines, in vineyards at the heart of the Primitivo growing region, located in the low hills east of Taranto in Puglia

A Mano Primitivo di Puglia is plummy, raisiny and satisfying. The colour is deep purple with intense aromas of ripe dark fruit and cocoa. It's opulent, almost porty, with notes of raisins and ripe plum, but it remains elegant complex and balanced. This is an excellent example of a grape variety that we recommend a lot, as it is always pleasing and reliable.

2017 was one of the best vintages A Mano have experienced. The weather was perfect, with a cold winter and dry, hot summer, and the vines responded to the excellent conditions. They started harvest on the 25th of August, about 12 days earlier than normal with fruit that was of astounding quality.

Mark Shannon and Elvezia Sbalchiero, the duo behind A Mano, have worked in the wine business for most of their lives. Elvezia is a northern Italian wine marketing expert and Mark is a Californian winemaker. They fell in love with Puglia and, when they decided to start their own label, made it their home. By producing high quality wines, Mark and Elvezia have succeeded in making Primitivo one of Italy's most talked about grape varieties. They pay high prices for the best grapes from 70-100 year old vines and focus solely on quality and a modern style.

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 20 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 and the best sites have a crumbly, dark reddish brown soil that resembles instant coffee. On arrival at the cellars, the grapes were pressed and destemmed, then allowed to ferment for 36 hours without intervention, then the free run juice was drawn off and the must was cooled to 12°C. After racking in mid-November, the wine remained in an underground cement tank, where the temperature did not exceed 10°C, until bottling. Winemaker: Mark Shannon
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