The Farnesi Vini group – itself a part of the Fantini Group – has three separate wineries in Puglia: Cantina Sava, Luccarelli and Vigneti del Salento. The Salento crowd have different labels within their range, including the “I Muri” for the less-well-heeled (sorry!) and “Zolla” ranges.
The I Muri Primitivo is a long-standing favourite of mine since I first tried it at Sweeney’s of Glasnevin. It is widely available in Ireland, though of course in these difficult times not many wine retailers are open. Still, if you like the sound of this wine then put it on your list to buy when things return closer to normality.
Vigneti del Salento”I Muri” Puglia Primitivo 2018
Consultant winemaker Filippo Baccalaro is not a native of the area – he is from Piedmont – but has spent several decades in the area which make it a second home for him now. The grapes are bought in but from growers with whom Filippo has a long term relationship and don’t dilute concentration in the hunt for maximum yields.
Winemaking is modern, with inoculated yeasts, temperature controlled fermentation and maturation in stainless steel tanks.
Primitivo is of course one of the key grapes of Puglia, along with Negroamaro, and it’s a real sun-worshipper. Ripeness is a key feature of the wines down here and this shows immediately on the nose; intense black and red berries vie for attention, along with exotic spices. Those berries continue through to the palate, which is soft and generous. There’s a rich, luxurious feel to this wine which belies its modest price. Yes, this is still a winner!
- ABV: 14.0%
- RRP: €15 – €17
- Stockists (*indicated currently closed): Baggot Street Wines*; Blackrock Cellar*; Cashel Wine Cellar; Donnybrook Fair; JJ O’Driscoll; McHughs Kilbarrack Road & Malahide Road; Mortons Dunville Avenue; Sweeneys D3; wineonline.ie; 64 Wine