A Mano Imprint Primitivo Appassito
A deeply coloured wine with exuberant perfumes of ripe red and black berry fruits, with notes of spice from the oak ageing. Made in the style of an Amarone, it is concentrated and opulent on the palate, with great balance. It is elegant, velvety and supple, with a long finish.
The grapes for this wine come from a selection of Mark’s four favourite vineyards in the heart of the Primitivo growing region, located in the low hills east of Taranto in Puglia. The region is an old sea bed, full of fossils of clams, oysters and urchins. The altitude is approximately 30-60 metres above sea level and annual rainfall is 35 centimetres. The climate is classically Mediterranean, as Puglia is on a peninsula between the Adriatic and the Ionian seas. The Primitivo vines are quite old; most are the original post phylloxera plantings and range from 70 to 100 years old. As with most vineyards planted at that time, they are small bush vines called “alberello” which are non-irrigated and low yielding. The average Primitivo vineyard is quite small, less than half a hectare and the best sites have a crumbly, dark reddish brown soil that resembles instant coffee.
Mark Shannon and Elvezia Sbalchiero, the duo behind A Mano, have worked in the wine business for most of their lives.
Elvezia is a northern Italian wine marketing expert and Mark is a Californian winemaker. They fell in love with Puglia and, when they decided to start their own label, made it their home.
By producing wines of quality, Mark and Elvezia have succeeded in making Primitivo one of Italy’s most talked about grape varieties.
They pay high prices for the best grapes from 70-100 year old vines and focus solely on quality and a modern style.
A MANONEGROAMARO 2013
PUGLIA – INDICAZIONE GEOGRAFICA TIPICA
A Mano Negroamaro is unlike any other that you will ever try. It is sleek, elegant, filled with finesse and the ability to please your palate with every sip.
The first note is crushed berries –juicy and sweet, then black cherries and spices. Look again and you find a floral note, like the heart of an apricot colored rose.
Floral notes are common in white wines, but rare in reds; a Mano Negroamaro is one of the few reds that have it, and it is seductive. http://www.amanowine.com/our-wines/a-mano-negroamaro-2013/
This wine comes from a single vineyard in the Salento peninsula.
It’s an old vineyard, dry-farmed and trained on a trellis. Negroamaro needs some shade to protect the beautiful and unusual flavors and the simple trellis system provides the perfect sun screen for these sensitive grapes.
We ferment cold, with frequent pumpovers to extract color, but keep the tannins in balance and preserve the fruit flavors.
A Mano Negroamaro is delightful in its youth with all the exuberant fruit flavors.
It will also age for a very long time, up to 15 years, and develop the complexities of mature Burgundy.
A Mano Imprint Primitivo Appassito – Hay Wines
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