Primitivo di Manduria, Felline
The Primitivo vines at Felline are the stuff of a California Zinfandel producer’s dreams. Averaging 50 years of age, these old vines grow as free standing bushes in iron-rich red earth with clay subsoil. These vines are actually harvested twice, as the vines flower and produce a second set of fruit late in the summer. This second harvest is known as the “raceme” and is rarely used in winemaking, with the exception of Puglia.
The first harvest takes place in the middle of August and gives a deep, brooding wine of concentration and high alcohol levels. The second haul takes place in the middle of September and, despite the later harvest date, gives a lighter, more acidic wine with intense aromatic elegance. The two harvests are blended to create the final product. The wine is aged for 9 months in new French oak (Allier). This is a masculine wine with layers of elegance, a result of ripe fruit and oak presence.