62 Anniversario Primitivo Di Manduria Riserva from San Marzano
San Marzano 62 Anniversario Primitivo di Manduria Riserva from Puglia
This is quite simply one of the best vegan red wines we've tasted from southern Italy for years or, for that matter, from the whole Mediterranean. The 62 Anniversario Primitivo by San Marzano is a wine of real calibre, combining vibrancy and purity of fruit with subtle, vanilla-flecked oak and the warm tobacco, prune-like flavours of long maturation. It's a full-bodied wine plenty of kick, but there'a freshness to the acidity that brings it alive in the mouth. A stunning wine from one of the best producers in Puglia.
Drink with fiery tomato dishes, hearty stews or smoky grilled vegetables. It's good now, but may well improve over the next five or so years.
The grapes were harvested slightly later than usual, promoting bold, riper fruit flavours. After fermentation, the wine was matured in a combination of French and American oak for 18 months. No animal-based fining agents or winery aids were used during the vinification.
San Marzano is an award-winning cooperative of over 1000 vinegrowers in southern Italy, melding time-honoured techniques with innovative and vegan friendly winemaking. They were granted the prestigious title of 'European Producer of the Year' by the Sommelier Wine Awards, 2017.
Grape variety: 100% Primitivo
From: Apulia, Italy