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2013 Kangarilla Road Primitivo

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Hailing from the South of Italy comes this savoury, earthy blockbuster style that is pretty close to a South Australian Shiraz with just a bit of Italian personality. For those who like something a little different every once in a while.

Winemaker's Notes

Primitivo is found growing on the heel of the boot of Italy in a region called Puglia. Originally a native of Croatia, Primitivo eventually travelled west to the USA where it mysteriously became known as Zinfandel. We have used the Primitivo synonym with this wine to reflect its exuberant Mediterranean style.

A delight to drink, this is a spicy wine with dark brambly fruits, herbal tones and earthiness.

An exuberant, Mediterranean style, this wine is full of flavour and lovely chalky tannins. Flavours of spicy fruit cake, tangy stewed rhubarb, hints of herbs and a lovely structure make this a wine to drink for all occasions.

Fruit cake, jubey red fruits and herbs delight the nose while flavours of darker berry fruits, stewed rhubarb and dried herbs integrate beautifully on the palate.

A versatile wine which you can partner with casual foods like beef tacos, spaghetti puttanesca or an aromatic Indian Korma.

Alc/vol: 14.5%

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2013 Kangarilla Road Primitivo

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Open-fermented, given extended maceration post-fermentation, and 12 months in used French oak. It is fragrant and fresh, but lacks the allure of Black St Peters; here medium-bodied red fruits have a pleasing spicy/savoury conclusion, making the wine ready now.
Drink by 2020
92
Mike Bennie (2012 Vintage) says
Bold flavours with inky texture and an oil slick across the palate of sweet fruit and anise spice. Something curiously good about it all, feels ripe and rich, opulent, but then holds back something with some pucker and chew of tannins suggesting longevity should be spoken about too.
91
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
Kangarilla Road tends to make big-flavoured, warm reds and this primitivo (a grape variety) is no exception. Huge amount of sweet, chewy flavour here. This would make for an awesome Friday-night tipple in the depths of winter, whether with food or (perhaps even better) by itself in front of the TV. It tastes of sweet raisins and chocolate, fruitcake and straw. It's got lots of tannin, but it's beautifully ripe.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
91
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
You like your reds big? You'll love this. This is a full-impact red - as is commonly the way with this grape (also known as zinfandel). Sure, it's a caricature of a red wine, but it's a bloody successful one - and who doesn't like the odd caricature every now and then? Lots of alcohol, lots of flavour, lots of sweetness and impact. Sweet raisins, a blast of aniseed, a toasty, hay-like quality on the finish and lots of warmth. We have two words to say: warm cockles.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
89

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