Vespa, Primitivo Raccontami, Puglia 2014
About the Wine:
Violet in color with mature fruit, cacao, prune, spicy, fragrant nose. Full and fresh mouth. Very soft tannins. Pairs with lasagna, salami, and other spiced meats.
About the Producer:
The wines at the Vespa winery and estate in western Puglia are vinified by one of Italy’s most celebrated winemakers, Riccardo Cotarella, who became one of the most influential Italian winemakers of all time during the 1990s when he had a hand in creating some of the country’s most highly rated and collectible wines in Tuscany and Umbria. Known as the “mago” or “wizard,” he was one of the architects of the Italian wine renaissance that took shape at the end of the last century and the early 2000s.
This small “boutique” winery owns just 25 hectares of vineyards planted in the iron-rich red soils of Manduria, the spiritual homeland of the Primitivo grape variety. While Primitivo is grown across the region of Puglia, it’s in Manduria where it achieves its greatest expression: Thanks to the unique soils found there and the maritime influence of the nearby Ionian sea (a stone’s throw from the estate), Cotarella is able to craft deeply flavored, rich expressions of Primitivo that retain wonderful freshness and acidity.
Vineyards Elevation: 90 m.
Land Type: Clayish.
Training System: Spurred Cordon.
Vines per Hectare: 5.000 vines/ha.
Yield per Hectare: 45 Quintals.
Grape Yield in Wine: 70%.
Vineyards average age: 15-20 years old.
Harvesting: Late August.
Alcoholic Fermentation: skin maceration for 15 days with several fullings.
Malolactic Fermentation: in barriques.
Ageing process: 12 months in new Barriques and Troncais.