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Vigneti del Salento Vigne Vecchie Gold Series Leggenda Primitivo di Manduria DOC 2018 Limited Edition £32.95
VIGNETI DEL SALENTO VIGNE VECCHIE GOLD SERIES LEGGENDA PRIMITIVO DI MANDURIA DOC LIMITED EDITION
"Light" and "stone" at the origin of everything in the lands of Salento. With its purely Mediterranean character, the "light" penetrates the secret recesses of the earth, warms the brick red of the soil, extracts the scents from the sea, purifies and concentrates the loose bunches. The "stone", hard and indestructible, but also tender and mouldable, emerges from the underground in search of breath; draws the boundaries of the districts in the dry-stone walls, and on the plains covered with secular trees, is secretly intertwined between the trulli.
In these enchanting atmospheres, old vine saplings await silent, motionless in the same place for almost a century. They survive with difficulty as time goes by, drawing warmth from the "light" and refreshment of the "stone". And one wonders again for what strange principle of nature, or by what miracle, in spite of tiredness and hardship, these old plants still manage to give us the most precious fruits.
Harvesting of the grapes slightly over-ripened, destemming and crushing of the grapes, maceration at a controlled temperature for 10-12 days with periodic pumping over with rain. Racking and malolactic fermentation in stainless steel. Aging in American and French oak barrels of first and second passage for the next 12 months.
Intense ruby red color with purplish veins, intense aroma with the presence of cherry jam and blackberries, soaked in lightly spiced tobacco. On the palate the sweetness of the spicy component is highlighted, with a finish that gives notes of cocoa and coffee. Well persistent, it will evolve further for the next 10 years.The great Apulian cuisine with its meat dishes; also excellent with game and very mature sheep's cheeses.
97 Points - Luca Maroni