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The Wine Society’s Generation Series Primitivo di Manduria 2022

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Produttori di Manduria are one of the more historic producers in Puglia, they even have a museum dedicated to primitivo, and were a natural fit to make a wine to celebrate our 150th anniversary. Here we benefit from grapes sourced from their founding members' old bush vines, in the heart of Puglia’s top region for the grape – Manduria. This is a rich blackberry and violet-scented red, perfect with lamb. For a video message from the winemaker, and for more on the story of this wine, please scroll down.
Price: £10.50 Bottle
Price: £126.00 Case of 12 (out of stock)
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Code: IT38671

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Full-bodied
  • Primitivo
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2026
  • 14% Alcohol
  • oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Cork, natural

Generation Series Primitivo di Manduria 2022

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We were slightly surprised to find so many named references to primitivo in the lists from our first 50 years of trading. Surprised that classic regions like Chianti were not more prominent, but also that the grape name was singled out for reference, well ahead of standard varietal labelling.

Very few wineries active in Puglia now were operating at the turn of the last century when local co-ops were the order of the day. 100-year-old or older bush vines are also, unfortunately, in short supply though there are some parcels still in Manduria. That is why it felt natural to partner with one of the more historic wineries based in Manduria, on the west coast of the Salento peninsula - Produttori di Manduria. They were so pleased to partner us on this generation wine that they gave me free reign to select the primitivo I most wanted to work with from the winery.

Looking deliberately for a modern fruit-driven medium to full-bodied wine, as this is the style that 150 years on is back in huge demand and offering great value and pleasure. The majority of this wine was fermented in traditional concrete vats, but then transferred to steel for ageing to preserve the floral aromas, though 15% of the wine was aged in 'botti grande', large older oak vats which has softened the tannins and added a little more spice character.

Sarah Knowles MW, Buyer for Italy

Club O

Trawling through the archives, Sarah Knowles MW, buyer for Italy, says she was surprised to find so many early references to Primitivo. The variety can produce heady, rather exhausting wines, but this is...
Trawling through the archives, Sarah Knowles MW, buyer for Italy, says she was surprised to find so many early references to Primitivo. The variety can produce heady, rather exhausting wines, but this is a wonderful, thoroughly modern, fruit-driven example, apparently reflecting the style of the late 19th century. The nose is bright and violet-scented, there’s juicy red plum, foraged hedgerow blackberry and cherry chocolate, supple tannins and just a frisson of fresh mint on the finish. Perfect for pasta arrabbiata.
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David Kermode

Decanter

A luscious, perfumed and seductive Primitivo hailing from old bush-trained vines, very fruit-driven and gastronomic. The palate surprises for its vibrancy and energy, with a juicy quality to the...
A luscious, perfumed and seductive Primitivo hailing from old bush-trained vines, very fruit-driven and gastronomic. The palate surprises for its vibrancy and energy, with a juicy quality to the blackberry, plum and black cherry fruit, topped by notes of violet, chocolate and coffee. Firm yet soft tannins and a spicy finish. A great everyday red that will pair well with spicy pasta dishes, lamb or roasted vegetables.
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