Primitivo (Pree-mih-Tee-voe), Puglia, Italy
Primitivo is a deep coloured wine from the Puglia area in south eastern Italy. Puglia has very flat land in the south of Italy. For grape growers the living is easy: it is sun-scorched through the long summer months; rain falls obediently during the winter months long after the grapes have been harvested; grapes generally ripen beautifully with little annual variation; and land values are a tenth of the value of what they are in the north of the country.
The earliest knowledge of Primitivo is that it originated in Greece. It has been called many things, but is also known as the father of Zinfandel grape which is now so popular in California. It is genetically identical to California’s Zinfandel, although it makes quite different wines. Primitivo is rich and concentrated with zesty cherry and clove fruits, soft on the palate with blackberry and raspberry flavours and a spicy finish. The extreme south eastern provence of Salento is where the finest reds come from; when you taste the best wines from Primitivo you can see something of the spicy berry flavours of Zinfandel shining through.
San Giorgio Primitivo Salento 2008
Normally €10.99 Christmas Cracker Special €8.50
This Primitivo oozes deep aromas of berry, ripe cherry and plums. It is soft on the palate with blackberries, raspberries, loganberries, balanced with a wonderful light spiciness and a dry lightly tannic finish.
If you like wines that have soft light tannins and are super fruity and medium to full bodied, you will love this wine… and can be enjoyed solo or with lamb, pork, beef, ribs, roasted red meats, game, spicy cheeses or pizza..
Delicious De Cecco Pastas and sauces available in Dicey Reilly’s Off Licence…
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What to do with leftover wine?
Leftover wine should be poured into the smallest appropriate bottle size, sealed with the original cork if possible, and kept in the fridge. It should then be finished off within 24 to 48 hours, as deterioration will quickly set in.
Available from Dicey Reilly’s, Ballyshannon
And good independent Off Licences