Primitivo from Mezzogiorno is a dark, ruby-red colour with violet highlights. This is a big wine with intense and fragrant a bouquet, black fruit flavours dominate with a hint of Star Anise and pepper on the nose. On the palate these flavours continue with the black fruit flavours giving a rich variety of sensations. Great harmonic and velvety finish with everything well balanced.
Food Matching: This is a big wine with big flavours so will stand up to bold food, Roast Beef or Venison or a big bowl of Pasta with a rich meaty sauce would be a great pairing or great with some hard cheeses, a big mature Cheddar or an Old Parmesan. Serve this at room temperature, around 17° to 18° C.
Primitivo or Zinfendal? Well, that is the question and one that has caused great discussion over the years but finally the scientists came to the rescue, if rescue is the right term! Anyway they came along with their test tubs and started checking the DNA of both grapes. They found that the the DNA of both went back to Croatian grapes, Crljenak Kaštelanski and Tribidrag. Primitivo has been grown in Puglia, the heel of Italy since the mid 18th Century. Zinfendal went too California in the 19th Century and became known by a variety of names based upon the Austrian grape, Zierfandler but this is a completely different grape variety so one wonders how we got to this situation!
Mezzogiorno uses very traditional methods of wine making, all the Primitivo come from the Salento area of Puglia. This is deep in the heel of Italy. Blessed with loads of strong sunshine and hot temperatures this produces big dark skinned grapes which are very ripe. Vinification is at a controlled temperature of between 25° and 27° C.