PASSO DEL CARDINALE Primitivo di Manduria DOP Paolo Leo

PASSO DEL CARDINALE Primitivo di Manduria DOP Paolo Leo

Cardinal's Pass


Primitivo di Manduria DOC

Primitivo is an ancient vine cultivated in Puglia whose grapes have a very early ripening compared to other varieties. A very interesting peculiarity of Primitivo is that after only 20 days from the harvest, this vine is able to give a decent second production. Traditionally, the fruits of this "second harvest" are used to give freshness to this powerful wine by improving the acidity of the musts obtained from the first harvest.

GRAPE VARIETY: Primitivo        (vintages N/A)  

DENOMINATION: Primitivo di Manduria 

PRODUCTION AREA: rural area of the villages of Manduria and Sava, in the province of Taranto

TRAINING SYSTEM: traditional Apulian sapling of 40 years, with short pruning, with two-budded spurs

SOIL: sandy

PLANT DENSITY AND YIELD: from 4000 to 4500 plants per hectare, with yields of about 1.2 kg of grapes per plant

HARVEST: the harvest is carried out in the early hours of the morning with cool temperatures that preserve the typicality of the vine

WINEMAKING: After harvesting, the grapes are destemmed and the crushed ferments in steel at a controlled temperature of 25 ° C for 8-10 days. The maceration on the skins lasts 15-18 days to optimize the delicate extraction of tannins and anthocyanins

MATURATION: 3 months in American oak barrels and 6 months in steel

VOL.%: 14° alc.

TASTING NOTES: Ruby red color with elegant garnet reflections. The nose gives an intense bouquet of black berry fruits, mainly black currant that fades into notes of licorice and coffee. The taste is decisive, with velvety and enveloping tannins. The freshness is structural and offers a persistent finish of jam of berries and spices

SERVICE: it is recommended at 18 ° C in large glasses that favor the maximum olfactory expression

FOOD PAIRINGS: The large body of the Primitivo di Manduria di Passo del Cardinale is able to enhance fine meats of rigorous structure. Sliced beef and grilled steaks are the backdrop of a panoramic photograph. A touch of Puglia with orecchiette with chops sauce can be a gastronomic journey with which you can surprise your guests.

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