Orion Wines, Terre di Faiano, Primitivo, IGP Salento, Puglia, Italy, 2018
This wine: lot No. L9-073 (on back label), certified organic, manual harvest, varietal primitivo, destemmed but not crushed, then fermented at 25C over 10 days; 30% of the wine was aged over 12 months in second use French and American barrique, Diam 3 agglomerate cork closure, 14% abv, Waitrose Cellar, on offer £7.49 (£10) (05/19)
Consumer tasting note: a soft hearted primitivo (aka zinfandel in California) with low key tannins, and a profile headed by creamy vanilla, then red plum and cherry, and more tart seeming cranberry and red currant to follow, with a frill of black berry and after some 15 minutes or so dark chocolate with raisins on the nose only. Finishes long.
Drink now – RTD, and will keep for 1-2 years – Wait. No need to decant.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity ruby, showing tears [no sediment].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas as they come, of powdered vanilla underpinned by a creamy lactic note, a hint of pine, stewed red plum, waxy, red currant, cranberry juice, red cherry, and after some time, dark chocolate with raisins.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, fine-grained medium (-) tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, pronounced intensity, a velvety texture, with flavours of stewed red plum edged with wax, powdered vanilla, a touch of blackberry edged with a creamy lactic note. A long length with a clean finish infused with red fruits edged with vanilla [on day 2, dark chocolate comes through on the end of the finish].
Quality: good, well-balanced fresh(ish) acidity and soft tannins with alcohol; a sound intensity throughout, with a similar concentration, of some complexity, with evidence of exposure to new American oak (spice, vanilla); follows into a long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for up to 2 years – well-balanced for now, with low-key tannins and balancing acidity providing the structure, created for early consumption.
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- The bush-trained vineyards of Puglia. [online] accessed 02/06/19.