PRIMITIVO:- The earliest knowledge of this varietal is that it originated in Greece. It is not known exactly how or when this plant was transported into Italy, but the history of this grape in Italy dates back many centuries. In the 17th century, it is known that the Benedictine monks named the varietal "Primitivo" because of its precociousness (early maturity of the grape) in this zone. Primitivo is widely spread throughout the north/eastern coast of central Italy. The climate is always warm and sunny, making our Western Ridge Barossa Dell’uva Wines estate vineyard the perfect environment for growing Primitivo. See my blog :- Are ZINFANDEL and PRIMITIVO the same?
Primitivo displays rich fruity scents with peppery, spicy overtones. Colour is garnet-red with a rich palate of blackberry, black olives, chocolate and mixed spices. It finishes with soft velvety tannins, and a lingering palate. A long, slow ripening period is key, with a care to ensure the fruit sugars remain relatively low. Again - a food wine. The spice character in the wine is quite distinctive, balanced by an earthy character and a fine acid lift on the finish. This wine will evolve in the bottle over many years to come.