2018 PRIMITIVO ROSÉ, ‘Tramari’, San Marzano. Puglia, Italy
Alcohol Percentage: 13%
Grape Variety: 100% Primitivo, given a cold maceration for several hours before pressing off the skins and fermenting cool (like a white wine) and bottling early. (The residual sugar level is 8 grammes per litre; actually quite low for an Italian rosé).
Producer: San Marzano is the name of the producer but also the area, which is on the Salento peninsula in the deep south east of Italy (on the heel).
It's a hot, arid, windy area - tough for farming anything except the hardiest of grape varieties. And both Negromaro and Primitivo do thrive in these conditions.
Old Bridge Rating: Pale but richly fruited. This is essentially dry but has more intensity than northern Italian rosés.
Press Reviews: "A well-made, well-priced rose that's packed with tangy pomegranate, ripe red berries and soft, aromatic herbs. The palate is creamy yet fresh, thanks to bright acidity. One for grilled prawns" 90/100 - Decanter Magazine, September 2018.
£11.95 per bottle
£11.35 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£10.76 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles