Primitivo di Manduria DOP by Cantina La Pruina is comforting and sophisticated. Let your senses be embraced with aromas of plum, mascara cherry, spice, tobacco, and leather before taking your first sip on this soft yet intense example of Primitivo di Manduria DOP. Drink now to 2024.
Once La Pruina has harvested their Primitivo grapes by hand, they are destemmed and crushed then transferred to temperature-controlled steel tanks where they undergo the first fermentation with maceration for eight to 10 days. After the first fermentation, the wine goes through malolactic fermentation to convert the bitter malic acids to more gentle lactic acids. Ageing takes place in second use American and French oak for 10-12 months.
La Pruina, Puglia
The La Pruina vineyards sit in the heart of the Salento region in Puglia. Here the soils are calcareous, shallow, and rich in texture. They are notoriously low in nutrients so the vines are continually stressed leading the vine to concentrate all its efforts on the fruit. High average temperatures cause the grapes to slightly dehydrate, which results in grapes rich in colour and aromas.
Primitivo di Manduria DOC is an appellation in southern Puglia and is based on the Primitivo grape. Wines from this area are full-bodied and moderately tannic with a touch of sweetness. Wines can be made to either the rosso or riserva specifications. The wines must contain a minimum of 85% Primitivo with the remainder made up of any other approved red grape. For the rosso version, the minimum alcohol level is 13.5% and the wine must be aged for a minimum of five months. The riserva rules go a little further, requiring a minimum alcohol content of 14% plus ageing for a minimum of two years, of which nine months must be in oak.
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