The Society's Primitivo di Mandira, 2016
The Wine Society - £10.50 IT24241
Tasting date - 22/02/2019
Appearance - Deep Ruby
Nose intensity - Medium plus
Primary aroma - Red plum, raspberry, blackberry, black cherry, raisin, prune, simple, jammy
Secondary aroma - Light hints of vanilla, cinnamon, toast, licquorice
Tertiary aroma - None
Sweetness - Dry
Acidity - Medium plus
Tannin and nature - Medium plus soft and ripe
Alcohol - High alcohol
Body - Full body
Intensity - Medium
Primary flavours - Red plum, raspberry, blackberry, black cherry, raisin, prune
Secondary flavours - Light hints of vanilla, cinnamon, toast, licquoirce
Tertiary flavours - None
Finish - Medium
Quality - Good
A big and bold fruity red wine with hints of oak, this wine fits neatly into a grape variety trio, a climate trio or an Italian trio and so it is worth getting to know this style of wine. Sometimes Primitivo can have a little bit of sweetness on the palate and better quality examples will simply have more intensity and potential for future development in bottle . It is worth trying one against an Amarone della Valpolicella as the fried fruit element on both can allow the wines to be confused easily.
Primitivo is generally black fruit in character but as it ripens unevenly red fruit notes can sometimes come in to dominance.
In terms of quality there is a decent balance between the alcohol and fruit intensity, this makes the wine seem warm rather than burning. There is sufficient varietal character of fresh and dried red and black fruit and a touch of secondary oak notes however there is not sufficient length, complexity or potential complexity for the wine to be very good, the fruit is also slightly generic and jammy in nature.