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2019 Passitivo Primitivo, Paolo Leo, Puglia, Italy

Deep ruby red colour, with overripe fruit aromas of black berry jam, black cherry and blueberry; raisin and vanilla nuances. Full-bodied, with a great structure, velvety and smooth tannins well balanced by a good acidity. Long and lingering overripe fruit finish.

Grape Variety: 100% Primitivo

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2019 Passitivo Primitivo, Paolo Leo, Puglia, Italy

Deep ruby red colour, with overripe fruit aromas of black berry jam, black cherry and blueberry; raisin and vanilla nuances. Full-bodied, with a great structure, velvety and smooth tannins well balanced by a good acidity. Long and lingering overripe fruit finish.

Producer Info

Founded by Paolo Leo, Luca Pomero and Alessandro Michelon an oenologist who originates in Trentino in the far North East, the aim was to forge partnerships with growers, guiding their vineyard practices and then making wines to celebrate the indigenous varieties of Italy. Wines are made at each producer under Alessandro’s supervision before being finished at the state of the art winery in Campania.

The Vineyard

The bush vine is a very ancient farming system strongly associated with the Apulian wine tradition . The particularity of this system is that the plants grow in total independence from each other and produce little quantity of grapes, for this reason the bush vine is dying out. The winemaker decided to carry on these old methods and traditions. This is how the Passitivo line was born; a series of wines produced from bush vines symbolised in the logo .

In 2007, the young winemaker Nicola Leo decided to take advantage of the strong Salento sunlight to make a different Primitivo wine, with pronounced flavours of mature fruit but without being a sweet wine. A precise control of grapes ripening and their sugar content was carried out, and excellent results have been achieved through a pre-harvest withering technique that concentrated all the solid components of the grape, enhancing aromas and flavours in the wine. This particular technique, only feasible in regions with an excellent climate such as Salento, produces bold and structured wines, with an overripe fruit profile without, however, an overpowering sweetness.

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Region Info

Puglia IGT is a region- wide appellation title which covers, as might be inferred from the title, the Puglia region in southern Italy. Right from the beginning, Puglia’s wine producers warmly welcomed the IGT category, and the region is now one of Italy’s key sources of IGT-level wine. The reasons for this are the same as those that made Languedoc-Roussillon the heartland of VDP wine in France. Puglia and the Languedoc have much in common: both are the most southerly, the warmest and the poorest regions in their respective nations. Both also have extensive Mediterranean coastlines bordered by plains rising steadily up into low- lying mountains and both are characterised by scrubby, sunbaked limestone soils, cooled down on summer evenings by fresh breezes from the Mediterranean.

Winemaking Process

(APPASSIMENTO) In mid August, when the grapes have reached perfect maturity and are ready to be picked, a special technique called â il giro del piccioloâ (the twisting of the stem), is applied. This consists in twisting the stem of the grape bunches so that no further nourishment reaches the grapes, thus inducing a natural drying of the grapes on the vine. The grapes are left on the plant for approximately 12 days, and lose approximately 25-30% of their weight in water, concentrating their flavours before harvest.

2 reviews for Passitivo Primitivo, Paolo Leo, Puglia, Italy, 2019

  1. Sarah

    Perfect mid-week with a take out!

  2. Kevan

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    Excellent wine, full flavoured, a pleasure to drink

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