MONTEMAJOR 'Danza delle Spade' Salento Primitivo IGT
Tasting Notes - from Luca Maroni
"The wine has a beautiful dark violet red colour. The wine has an impressive fruity aroma with hints of sun-ripened berries and cherries, as well as classic spicy notes from Primitivo as licorice and pepper. The wine has a lovely - both gentle and impressive - structure, for here is both plenty of fullness and concentrated and fresh fruit, but it's all wrapped in soft tannins that give a wonderful taste experience. The wine ends in a long, nice and light sweetness full aftertaste."
AB CSPC + 800278
BC CSPC + 170272
Region: San Marzano, Puglia, Italy
Varietal: 100% Primitivo
95 Points - Luca Maroni
Primitivo /pree mee TEE voh/
An ancient varietal that can trace its roots back to the ancient Phoenicians and came to Puglia via Croatia -- it is rumored to be the wine served at the Last Supper. Closely related to Zinfandel (though just how closely remains controversial), Primitivo, which translates roughly as "early one" is so named for its propensity to ripen before all other varitals. A classic Puglian Primitivo wine is high in both alcohol and tannins, intensely flavored and deeply colored.
'Danza delle Spade" or "Dance of the Swords" is an ancient Salento dance depicting a duel for honor and pride.
San Marzano, on the Salento Peninsula is situated close to the better-known town of Manduria, where Primitivo is at its most prestigious. This position in the middle of the Salento peninsula means it gets cooling sea winds from both the Adriatic sea to the east and the closer Ionian sea to the west. Deep red soil, interspersed with limestone contribute to lively acidity and minerality resulting in a freshness that makes them very enjoyable to drink. The extremely hot, dry summers means that the traditional bush vine system is better at surviving and thriving in the dry, sun-baked climate.
Here, the old vines, of about 45-60 years, optimal conditions to produce grapes with lots of concentrated juice. The grapes are picked first in late August and running until mid-September, when the grapes have reached optimal ripeness. After sorting and vinifying, the wine is aged in steel barrels for min. 12 months and another 12 months in bottle before release. This wine is only used steel drums as the winemaker wanted to make a wine with concentrated, large and fresh fruit.
Soil: medium texture, clay-limestone
Altitude: 100 metres above sea level
Training System: Apulia sapling
Winemaking: Cold pre-maceration for about 15 days at controlled temperature, malolactic. Fining in stainless steel.