Vigneti del Salento 'I Muri' Primitivo, Puglia, Italy 2017 - Wine of the Month - Feb 2019
Updated: Nov 15
Now we’ve finally seen the back of January, the days are slowly but surely starting to get longer and soon, fingers crossed, we will be heading into Spring. However, there’s still some time to enjoy those crisp cold evenings in the warmth of our homes. So, why not cosy up with your partner, or invite some friends round, and let this sun-kissed southern Italian red spice up your life!
Over 800 kilometres of coastline define the geographic boundaries of the Puglia region of Italy. The region is long and narrow, gently wedged into the Mediterranean Sea.
Puglia comprises of Daunia and the High Murgia, Murge, Lower Murgia and Itria Valley, Messapia and Salento. These five territories are well regarded wine districts, which are strongly associated with the grape varieties that typify the area.
Characterised by its varying territory, Puglia is home to a wide variety of terroir which provides it’s wines with a rich bouquet of aromas and flavours. Native grapes, along with national and international ones, now permanently inhabit the region. A combination of beautiful sunshine and the soils of Puglia produce outstanding grapes which are distinctive and impressive in structure.
Primitivo is a variety of red grape grown across Puglia, most commonly found in the red soils of Taranto Province, and among the hills of Gioia del Colle and the Bari Province Murgia uplands.
At present Primitivo is grown on about 11,000 hectares of land in Puglia. This variety owes its name to its early ripening; Primitivo comes from the Latin “primativus” and old Italian “primaticcio” (both meaning “first to ripen” or “early ripening”).
About the Vineyard:
Vigneti del Salento’s vineyards are mostly situated in the communes of Manduria and Sava, both in the Provence of Taranto. The red soils are calcareous clay and rich in iron, minerals and nutrients. 80% of the grapes come from old bush vines and the rest from trained vines that are at least 20 years old.
Production in the area is lower than its potential, which ensures the best quality grapes are selected. This was especially evident in 2017 due to a very cold winter, followed by an incredibly hot summer.
This wine has a deep ruby red colour with violet reflections. On the nose, it has red berry fruit perfumes with a hint of spice. Full-bodied with firm tannins, it is well balanced with lots of ripe fruit flavours.