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La Masseria Primitivo

The sustainably farmed vineyards are located in in the eastern part of Puglia in the Taranto region. The bush trained vines are planted in low vigor soils. The grapes are handpicked to ensure careful selection. Grapes are thoughtfully selected from the best parcels on the estate, ensuring ripeness without shriveling. De-stemmed, crushed and fermented in stainless steel at cool temperatures to retain freshness. Tannin extraction was minimized, with skin maceration limited to about 5–10 days during fermentation only. About 40% matured in older 225L barrique to oak to integrate the tannins prior to bottling.

Another outstanding example of top quality, varietal and regional typicity from the David Gleave, MW, and Alana McGettigan. La Masseria, featured on the label, is a large, rustic farmhouse typically found in the south of Italy. Historically, la masseria was a working farm and vines were often part of the landscape. The team produces the wine at a modern winery on the Salento peninsula. The aim is always to produce a clean, fresh, vibrant Primitivo that is both modern and typical of the variety.

Winemaker: Alana McGettigan
Country: Italy
Region: Puglia
Type: Red
Variety: Primitivo
Farming: Sustainable
Production: 20,000 bottles
Soil: Chalk base over Terra Rossa top soil