Primitivo di Puglia 2008
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Producer: A Mano Madonna delle Grazie
100% Primitivo showing incredible depth of colour this vintage, with perfumes of spicy, ripe, black cherries and a hint of liquorice on the nose. On the palate it is full-bodied while retaining a good balance between opulent fruit and elegant structure. A Mano Primitivo was first made in 1998. 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 winemarketing expert and Mark is a Californian winemaker. They knew right from the start that they wanted their wine to be a concentrated, dark coloured, full-bodied wine made from Primitivo. A Mano comes from the heart of the Primitivo area, in the low hills east of Taranto in Puglia. The region is an old sea-bed, full of fossilised clams, oysters and sea-urchins. The altitude here is approximately 30-60 metres above sea level and annual rainfall is 35 cms. Puglia is a pensinsula between the Adriatic and Ionian seas so the climate is classically Mediterranean. The Primitivo vines are quite old; most are the original plantings after phylloxera and range from 70-100 years old. As with most vineyards planted at that time they are small bush vines, called "alberello" and are non-irrigated. The average Primitivo vineyard is quite small, less than half a hectare. The grapes are hand-picked.