Primitivo Puglia IGT
Canaletto Primitivo comes from the Salento region in Puglia, one of Italy’s most southerly wineproducing regions, with the perfect climate for grape-growing. This rich wine is ideal with meat, game or pasta dishes.
After de-stemming, the grapes are not crushed, allowing them to remain intact, reducing damage to the skins and ensuring optimum colour extraction. Selected yeasts are added to initiate fermentation. Maceration lasts for approximately 10 days, followed by racking and pressing.
he Primitivo grapes are selected from low-yielding vineyards near Sava and Avetrana in southern Puglia. The traditional Alberello basso vine training method is employed. The Alberello shelters the berries from the harsh summer sun and protects them from getting sunburn. The area has abundant rainfall in winter, and it is essential to help the vines through the extremely hot summers by working the soil in order to avoid dehydration.
The grapes are carefully picked by hand at the end of August and early September. e vineyards are picked over and over again, with pickers selecting only those bunches at the perfect stage of maturity.
Fermentation Fermentation is temperature controlled at 26°C for 8-10 days. Frequent remontage and two delestage (in the middle of the process) are carried out in the early stages of fermentation in order to achieve soft extraction of aromas and gentle tannins. There is continuous tasting to judge the exact amount of remontage and delestage required. After racking, malolactic bacteria
are added to induce malolactic fermentation.
Ageing: 30% of the wine is aged in oak barriques for 12 months and 70% for the same period in stainless steel or concrete vats.
Winemaker’s notes: An intense bouquet of ripe dark berry fruits which burst through to the palate. Rich, smooth and round with a well balanced finish. This rich wine is ideal with meat, game or pasta dishes.