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Browse by Grape - Zinfandel/Primitivo

The red grape Californian winemakers like to call their own. It is in fact Primitivo (from the southern Italian region of Puglia), and can occasionally be almost identical to its Italian twin. Good Zinfandel should be dark (forget that pink stuff you see in supermarkets), richly flavoured with layers of blackberry and bramble fruit, chocolate and spice, with a curiously sweet twist on the finish. The original red version is still very popular and the best examples are highly sought after. Sadly it is the popularity of the pink version that dictates the enormous amount of acreage devoted to its plantings. Changes made over generations of wine producers have however, left the Primitivo grape entirely unique. The grapes are grown on very steep hills, which are dotted with caves, and the variation in temperature between the day and night is quite dramatic. The name does not derive from it being ‘primitive’, but from the fact it is ‘primaticcio’ i.e. one of the first grapes to harvest each year. It was originally used as a blending wine with lighter varieties from the north but now stands up on its own as a wine of exceptional standard.

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Red Wine
Zensa PRIMITIVO 2016
Italy :: Puglia
Zinfandel/Primitivo
Body: d - Medium to Full
Ready to drink

Intense ruby-red colour, with a complex bouquet, reminiscent of cherries, dried berries and toasted almonds. In the mouth it is full-bodied yet smooth and elegant with a silky texture. The finish is long and lingering, with a burst of spiced cherries and bright fruit and earthiness at the end.

Shop Price: £11.99
75.0CL
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Red Wine
Masseria Borgo dei Trulli PRIMITIVO 2016
Italy :: Puglia :: Salento
Zinfandel/Primitivo
Body: e - Full
Ready to drink

This Primitivo displays aromas of dried fruit, exotic spices, white pepper and chocolate. The mouth feel is round and intense with layers upon layers of soft elegant tannins, vanilla, prunes, coffee and underbrush. The finish is elegant and persistent and extremely well balanced. Served with game, meat dishes and hard cheeses.

Shop Price: £13.99
75.0CL
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Red Wine
Consorzio Produttori Vini MEMORIA Primitivo Di Mandura 2016
Italy :: Puglia
Zinfandel/Primitivo
Body: e - Full
Ready to drink

Ruby red in colour with violet hues this wine has a complex nose of ripe red fruits. The palate is dry yet soft withthe right amount of tannins and good length.

Shop Price: £18.49
75.0CL
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Red Wine
McManis Family Vineyards ZINFANDEL 2015
USA
Zinfandel/Primitivo
Body: c - Medium

The McManis Family Vineyards Zinfandel has a bright hue and is deep purple in colour. The scent of Black Raspberry and Strawberry proliferate in the nose. Background notes of caramelised sugar and vanilla are also present. Rich, soft and creamy, in the mouth, the fruit sensation promised by the nose is delivered upon in the mouth. Berry flavours and hints of vanilla linger long after the wine is swallowed.

Shop Price: £12.75
75.0CL
In Stock