Faiano Primitivo Salento 2018

Orion Wines, Terre di Faiano, Primitivo, IGP Salento, Puglia, Italy, 2018

On primitivo in IGP Salento.

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.


  1. Belfrage, N. (2001). Brunello to Zibibbo, The Wines of Tuscany, Central and Southern Italy.  Mitchell Beazley.
  2. The bush-trained vineyards of Puglia. [online] accessed 02/06/19.


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