Appassimento Gold Release 2021, Ca` Vittoria, Puglia
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Smooth, juicy Primitivo (called Zinfandel in the USA) is full of Southern Puglian character. The vineyards are based in Salento where the grapes can achieve early and full ripeness. With a medium body, ripe, sun-blushed fruit, a touch of spice and a soft velvety texture.
The Rosso IGT Puglia Vino Appassimento Gold Release from Ca’Vittoria is a 60% Negroamaro, 25% Merlot, 15% Primitivo blend of grapes grown and harvested in the Salento area of Puglia, with picking occurring as late as October. This gives a high level of sugar and high alcohol, required for the appassimento method.
Ripe grapes mature on the vine for about 15 days, during which period 50% of their weight and moisture is lost. After a rigorous hand harvest, the grapes are pressed and the fermentation starts; the skins are left in the must for a long period to extract flavours and the characteristic ruby red colour. The wine is then left in oak for around 3-4 months.