Fatalone Primitvo Riserva is up there with some of our favourite wines. We had to wait a little while to get this vintage but we’re happy to have back in stock! Puglia is a region that thrives on agricultural: vineyards, almond and olive groves, cherry and plum orchards are just some of the notable sectors to name a few! The hilly terrain makes it perfect for viticulture. At the end of the 18th century Nicola Petrera, an ancestor of the current owner, chose the Spinomarino hill, the most aired and sunny one in the Gaudella area, to grow Primitivo grapes. Filippo Petrera has preserved both tradition and passion for this Primitivo until this very day.
The family ensures the greatest care in every detail: organic farming, grape selection, processing and bottling. The family processes only their own estate grown grapes under the brand name “Fatalone”, with a total production of 40,000 bottles per 6 hectares of vineyards. The vinification process takes place in open-cycle wine tanks, without the aid of yeasts, with frequent pumping of the must over the pomace. The must is kept in contact with grape skins for three to five days at 28°C; a gentle pressing and a slow fermentation then completes the process.
Whilst they stick to traditional, low intervention methods, there are a few more usual techniques used during their process. They won’t to make a “laid-back Primitvo” and how do you do that? Play the grapes music, of course! Yes, the tranquillity and harmony by diffusion of new-age sounds in the cellar supports “the activity of the living enzymes inside our natural wines sensitive to music therapy” runs the philosophy of the winery. In other words, from healthy and happy vine roots to healthy and happy vine fruits and enzymes with a spring in their step, a wiggle on their hips and a “New Age” song on their lips. We think Pasquale should play Fatalone Boy Slim and The Primitives – that should sort the wine out.”
Exotically rich and super-ripe oozing scents of fruits-in-alcohol and spicy-toasted wood. This monster has smoothed out over time: it is warm and velvety with dried fruits baked under a marzipan crust. Just a great great wine.
Organic, biodynamic, natural yeast, vegan/veggie.