Paolo Leo Organic Passitivo Primitivo IGT Puglia
A premium Primitivo red wine from the clayey soils of Brindisi province, southern Puglia, In mid-August, when the grapes have reached perfect ripeness,a pre-harvest
withering technique called "Il giro del Picciolo" is applied.
It consists in choking the stem of the bunches in order to prevent the nutrition of the berries, thus inducing a natural drying in the plant. The bunches are left to dry for about 12 days, losing about 25-30% of their weight in liquids, and concentrating aromas and flavours before harvesting.
Grapes are det-stemmed, gently crushed and controlled fermented at 22-25 Deg Cent for 8-10 days. Frequent pumping and délestage increases the aromas and softens the tannins. Once racked, the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation ; 6 months in 2
2°passage American oak barrels and 6 months in stainless steel tanks.
This results in a deep ruby red wine with pronounced ripe cherry and black cherry, with spicy notes and hints of coconut and chocolate. Well structured body, smooth tannins and a lingering finish of ripe forest fruits.
FOOD PAIRING: Main courses based on red sauces, meat and game; well-seasoned risotto, mushrooms, mature cheeses and cold cuts