Paolo Leo Fiore di Vigna Primitivo 2015, Puglia

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Paolo Leo Fiore di Vigna Primitivo 2015, Puglia
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If you're a fan of big red wines, wine with attitude even, then you'll love this rewarding Italian wine.

Just one 10ha vineyard where all the vines are allowed to grow untrained (bush vines) produces the special grapes for the wine. They're then allowed to partially dry for three weeks which sees them lose around 30% of their weight.

This concentrates the flavours in the berries, much like the northern Italian wine Amarone. Once these have been turned into wine, there's a gentle ageing for a year in oak barrels.

With Primitivo being related to Zinfandel, you might have an inkling of the deep, brooding nature of this wine. It's a fine example of top Puglian winemaking.

One of Paolo Leo's top Puglian red wines, the Fiore di Vigna is a single vineyard Italian wine made in the appassimento style (using partially dried grapes to make the wine). Which means you can expect a deliciously ripe, rich Italian red. One to sip, savour and remember
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Percentage Alcohol

14.5

Region

Puglia

Grape Variety

Primitivo

Country

Italy

Style

Full-Bodied Red

Vintage

2015

Food Match

ArrayLamb, Sausages, Tomato-Based Dishes

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The Producer

The Paolo Leo winery has been in the same family hands for five generations, so has been well-placed to witness the dramatic changes in Puglian wine fortunes over the years.

The focus today is very much on producing Italian wines of real character and value, wines which reflect the rich history of Puglian wine.

The new winery was built in 1989 and boasts state of the art winemaking and ageing facilities. The investment Paolo Leo has made, both in their vineyards and in the winery, is clearly reflected in the outstanding quality of the wines.
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The Winemaker

Nicola Leo is the latest family member to take the reins as winemaker at Paolo Leo. Looking after the estate's 30 hectares of Primitivo and Negroamaro (with smaller amounts of Fiano and Chardonnay), is the first priority, making sure grapes are of top quality ready for the winemaking process.

Harvest is by a combination of both manual and machine harvesting, into small containers so as not to prematurely damage the grapes. Winemaking varies, depending on the wine (some of Paolo Leo's wines use semi-dried grapes to concentrate flavours), but always focuses on limiting intervention to make as natural a wine as possible.

The Region

Down in Italy's deep south lies Puglia (or Apulia in English), effectively the 'heel' of the Italian 'boot'. Whilst it's not the most famous Italian wine region, you'll be surprised by how good the wines are from this quiet corner of Italy.

We say 'quiet', but in fact, Puglia produces more wine than the whole of Australia, albeit only a minority bottled as Puglian wine. As you can imagine, the climate here lends itself to some richly-flavoured red wines, especially those from Primitivo and Negroamaro grapes.

Classic Meditteranean summers and winters that are never too harsh make for some Italian red wines you'll enjoy discovering.
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Roast Lamb with Herb Butter

A simple roast lamb is a classic match for Bordeaux and also works rather well with rich fruity reds such as Primitivo from Puglia.
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Roasted Tomato and Garlic Pasta

Tomato-based sauces match well with medium to full-bodied reds with high acidity which square up to the tart tomatoes and make both food and wine taste fruitier. Give the Paolo Leo Fiore di Vigna Primitivo a try, it'll be set all the flavours light.
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Game Meat Sausage Rolls

Who needs a plain old sausage roll when you can have a game sausage roll? The ultimate buffet nibble, these will go nicely with a medium bodied red with rich, dark fruit flavours to pair with the gamey notes. Something like our Primitivo from Paolo Leo.
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