LIRICA PRIMITIVO

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 LIRICA PRIMITIVO DI MANDURIA DOC

Primitivo is one of Italy's greatest grapes. It is thought to have arrived in Puglia, the heel of Italy, in the 18th century from across the Adriatic Sea via the Croatian coast. Its Italian name was derived from its early ripening nature. Monk and botanist, Don Francesco Filippo Indellicati, named the variety Primitivo from the Latin "primativus" or "first to ripen". It is a grape that is rich in colour though its skin is delicate and thin. At its most simple, it produces wines that are fruit-forward, fleshy and opulent with notes of ripe cherries, blackberries, sometimes fig and a whiff of black pepper. But at its most qualitative, it creates powerful, complex, savoury and age-worthy reds.

PRODUCED BY: Produttori di Manduria


Grape

Primitivo

Region

Manduria

Vintage

2016

ABV

14.5%

Serve at

16–18°C

Tasting notes

The colour is medium deep ruby, with a pure and modern nose of ripe dark fruit, cherry, plum, sweet spices like ginger and aniseed with discreet oak. The palate is medium to full with a rounded texture, a well-balanced freshness underneath with a rather long and broad spicy finish.

Food pairing

Meat, braised beef roast and medium-aged cheeses

Area of production

Located on the southern side of Puglia facing the Ionian Sea, the area around Manduria is one of the greatest zones for Primitivo. Renowned for its iron-rich soils of sand, silt, and clay over a volcanic sub-soil, Manduria benefits from the sea's cool breezes, which often creates a temperate climate despite its southerly location.

Production process

The vineyard is 15-25 years old, trained with the "alberello" (bush vine) and espallier system. Thermo-controlled alcoholic fermentation at 25°C,1 week of maceration and matured for at least 6 months in large casks of Slavonian oak.

Fun facts

The history of PRODUTTORI DI MANDURIA started in the 1920s, when the Italian government appropriated funds to stimulate the vineyards from the south of Italy to cooperate in the production of wine, due to their poor disposition and resources. In Manduria a little group of vine-dressers decided to commercialise Primitivo, and in 1932 the Consorzio was officially founded. The cooperative was made up of the best vineyards in Manduria, who worked together to create the best Primitivo in the area. Today, the Consorzio is home to the Museum of Primitivo, which documents the millenary relationship between the people of Manduria and the art of making wine.

Awards

WINE ENTHUSIAST 91 POINTS
FALSTAFF 92 POINTS
GAMBERO ROSSO 3 BICCHIERI
BEREBENE 2020
JAMES SUCKLING 90 POINTS
MUNDUS VINI GOLD
WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS


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