Primitivo IGT Puglia
Type: IGT Puglia
Colour: Intense ruby red
Bouquet: Solid, intense with a hint of ripe red fruit, fairly spicy
Taste: Full-bodied, velvety, harmonic
Served at: 16°-18°C
Best with: Main courses, roast red meat, game, cheese, dry fruit.
Provenance: Gioia del Colle, Bari, Apulia.
Soil: calcareous, clayey, rich in minerals and fossils.
Altitude: about 400 metres above sea level.
Growing method: on trellises with vine planting ranging from 4000 to 8000 per hectare, more than 15 years of age and an output of 1-2 Kg per vine plant.
Climate: mild winters, dry and fairly rainy springs, hot summers with high thermic excursions.
Grape-harvest: by hand, at the best phenolic ripening, in late August or first half of September.
Wine- making: after pressed and picked from the bunch the grapes are cooled at 5-8° C for 24 hours. It follows the fermentation with selected native yeasts. The low temperature (24-28°C) starts the slow fermentation for about 10-20 days. This method exalts the different characteristics of the grapevine. It follows the malolactic fermentation for the balance of the harmonic tasting.
Ripening period: in steel tanks at first for 12 months, in small oak barriques for 2 months, and than in bottles for 6 months.
Bottling: filtering the wine with no stabilization. Bottled in 75cl. dark green cone-shaped Borgogne bottles.