Primitivo Gioia del Colle Etichetta Rossa 2019, Plantamura
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Gioia del Colle, Puglia
Ready or drink by 2023
Beef tenderloin tartare with arugula, burrata and sundried tomatoes, grilled black angus steak, grilled porcini mushrooms, Maccheroni with roasted tomatoes
Primitivo grapes come from 15 yo vineyards grown on calcareous and clayey soil rich in skeleton. The vines density is 5000 plants per hectare with a maximum yield of 80 quintals of grapes per hectare. The harvest is carried out manually around the first decade of September. After pressing, alcoholic fermentation begins with indigenous yeasts only, followed by maturation of the must for 12 months in steel tanks.
Plantamura winery is located on a hilly area particularly suitable for the cultivation of Primitivo di Gioia del Colle: calcareous and clayey soil, altitude, temperature ranges and windy nature make it the ideal place for a quality, refined, totally organic production.
The owners Mariangela and Vincenzo, along with their two bright and talented daughters, are independent and proud winemakers. They personally take care of every stage of winemaking: from the vineyard to the bottling, always in full respect of tradition and the territory. Every gesture, every action has only one goal: to create a genuine and quality wine, the fruit of the vines and nothing else. Born in 2002, the production philosophy has always been devoted to 100% organic cultivation with an annual production of about 50,000 bottles.
Beyond that, this is another region heavily dominated by males and a philosophy of 'bigger is better' - from size of wineries to percentages of alcohol in the wines. We loved this feminine approach they took with a sensitivity and sensibility to making a wine which is 13.5% in alcohol and not 19% (which many are), making this the ideal companion to food.
PS...don't forget that Primitivo is the same grape as the Californian equivalent of Zinfandel. But the Primitivo wines which come from Puglia are usually far, far less of a fruit marmalade than their US equivalents. Primitivo tends to be a bit more on the earthy side but is still laden with beautiful and bright fruit - and no cloying sweetness.