Grape Variety: 100% Primitivo
Primitivo is what the Italians call the variety Zinfandel, which is revered in the Napa Valley in California. After trying the UC Davis clone of Zinfandel for a few years, we were sure that this variety would make generous and interesting wine, but somehow it just missed the mark. We sought Primitivo cuttings from the Puglia region of Italy and planted them on the gentle south slope of our ‘Dadds’ vineyard, which has yielded the perfect example of this intriguing varietal.
Sub Region: South Moppa, Dadds Block
Winemaking: We hand harvest our vineyard to ensure the grapes are delivered to the winery in whole clusters. Destemming only into seasoned wooden vats, the ferment is allowed to start naturally and is in contact with skins for around 10 days with gentle extraction by pumping over and then basket pressing.
The Wine: Morello cherry, black pepper, dried oregano and tobacco leaf make this a dry red that is atypical for the Barossa climate with its high end aromatics. The sweet, soft and round tannin palate bring back the familiarity of this warm climate and early released wine. Flavours of grilled meats, dried herbs and a menthol coolness ensure that this wine is best enjoyed at the lunch or dinner table and drunk with friends in abundance without any pretentiousness.