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2013 San Marzano Talo Primitivo di Manduria

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If you look up the word 'hearty' in the Oxford Dictionary there is a little picture of this wine. It's that sort of wine. It comes from the Primitivo di Manduria D.O.P in Puglia, southern Italy, a stunning part of the world sandwiched between two seas (the Ionian and the Adriatic). Primitivo (otherwise known as Zinfandel elsewhere) from these parts are amongst the weightiest red wines in Italy, and this Talo is right on form. It's an ultra rich, ultra satisfying red and just spot on for some cool winter drinking. This is one of the best value Italian wines we know.

Winemaker's Notes

Ruby red colour enriched with violet reflections; generous bouquet, which recalls ripe cherries and plums, with pleasant notes of cocoa and vanilla. This wine has a velvety texture, softened by the warmth of the Primitivo grapes; the finish offers notes of persistent sweetness.

Production area: San Marzano, Salento, Puglia, the area is about 100 metres above sea level, with high average temperatures and medium-low rainfall. The soft soil layer is clayey and quite thin, with a good presence of rocks.

Harvest period: Second week of September.

Vinification:Thermo-controlled maceration for about 10 days, followed by the alcoholic fermentation with selected yeasts.

Ageing: In French and American wood barrels for 6 months.

Ageing potential: A wine that preserves its organoleptic characteristics for 5 years.

Best served with: Savoury first courses, lamb and game with rich sauces, hard cheeses.

Serving temperature: About 16-18°C.

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