2010 Primitivo

2010 Primitivo - Heathcote2010 Primitivo - Heathcote

Primitivo is found growing on the heel of the boot of Italy in a region called Puglia. Originally a native of Croatia, Primitivo eventually travelled west to the USA where it mysteriously became known as Zinfandel.

ANALYSIS

Alc - 14.89%v/v
pH - 3.55
TA - 6.33g/L

PACKAGING

750ml
6 bottles per case

TASTING NOTE

Intense aromas of blood plums, sarsaparilla root and exotic spice dominate the nose. The palate has concentrated black cherry, liquorices and vanilla flavours that integrate with soft fine grained tannins to reveal a dense and luscious wine. Maturation in tight grained French oak adds further richness, complexity and balance.

FOOD MATCHES

Oxtail ragu or grilled kangaroo fillets

VINEYARD

The fruit for the Primitivo was sourced from a small single vineyard, south of Colbinabbin, in the heart of the Heathcote wine region. The vines here grow on the deep, 500 million year old, Cambrian soils of the Mount Camel Range. These rich soils are characterised by their deep red colour and proliferation of buckshot gravel and greenstone rock. The Easterly aspect of the Colbinabbin Vineyard moderates the heat of the afternoon sun providing even conditions throughout the ripening season.

THE SEASON

The 2010 vintage growing season was excellent. Moderately warm conditions prevailed after average rain fall through winter and spring. Sufficient soil moisture resulted in good shoot growth at the beginning of the season – followed by above average, warm to hot days in December through February. Low night temperatures, peculiar to Heathcote ensured continued vine-balance and excellent berry development. Shoot and fruit thinning maintained vine balance and ensured optimal fruit quality.

WINEMAKING

The fruit was hand picked in the middle of April at 14.8° baumé. The fruit was destemmed and crushed into a one tonne open fermenter where a cold soak on skins occurred for 5 days. During the next 15 days, the wine was hand plunged up to 4 times a day, then pressed off skins and aged in French oak for 22 months. The wine was then lightly egg white fined before bottling under screwcap in February 2012.