Integro – Primitivo 2016
Producer: The Wine People
Winemaker: Stefano Chioccioli
Region: Puglia IGT
Integro – Primitivo 2016 is a great find for lovers of this robust grape grown mostly in Puglia. It is extremely hard to find natural wines under £10 that we feel are worthy enough to list, so we were very pleased to discover this Primitivo and its sister wine, the Negroamaro, from renowned producers The Wine People.
The colour is bright ruby red with touches of purple.
The nose it is pronounced, with cherry blossom and some spice.
The palate is full and well-balanced with sour-cherry fruit and a persistent finish.
Integro – Primitivo 2016 pairs well with meat pasta dishes, spicy Italian sausage pizza, spare ribs and game.
“Integro is the Italian definition for intact, whole, complete: With this pair of traditional organic wines, Primitivo and Negroamaro from Puglia, we totally respect their provenance by keeping the terroir untouched by any chemicals or pesticide.” Stefano Girelli
Integro – Primitivo 2016 is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Integro – Primitivo 2016 contains minimal added sulphites. Read more.
TWP Wines is run by Stefano Girelli, whose family has been at the heart of Italian winemaking for three generations. Stefano’s portfolio stretches the length of Italy, from the Veneto, to Tuscany, to Puglia and Sicily, and places a strong emphasis on Stefano’s passion for organic methods. Many of the wines are certified organic (and vegan!) and all are made in an eco-friendly way, with a long-term commitment to the environment.
Leading consultant winemaker Stefano Chioccioli, a friend and colleague of Stefano Girelli for many years, uses the best possible indigenous grapes to create wines with great quality and individual character. The Wine People’s wines speak of their terroir.
The grapes for Integro come from the San Donaci area, part of Salento. The wines of the Salento are rich and full-bodied – the microclimate of the Salento is perfect for producing deep and complex wines. Our philosophy is to be in perfect harmony with nature, intervening only when absolutely necessary, thereby ensuring that each and every grape expresses its own personality.
Harvest: last week of August.
The grapes for Integro come from the San Donaci area, part of Salento.
The grapes for Integro come from the San Donaci area, part of Salento. The harvest is done in the early hours of the morning, with the grapes being put into 10kg crates. De-stemming is followed by fermentation at 22-24 °C for 8-10 days, during which time remontage is carried out daily. Malolactic happens spontaneously immediately after the alcoholic fermentation.
Residual sugar: 11
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Further information from TWP website