Appassimento Gold Release, Ca’Vittoria
Appassimento Gold Release, Ca’Vittoria is a smooth and juicy Primitivo (called Zinfandel in the USA), full of Southern Puglian character. With a medium body, ripe, sun-blushed fruit, a touch of spice and a soft velvety texture. It is fruity, with notes of plums, cherry marmalade and tobacco and spicy too with an aftertaste of cocoa, coffee and vanilla.
The Rosso IGT Puglia Vino Appassimento Gold Release from Ca’Vittoria is a 60% Negroamaro, 25% Merlot, 15% Primitivo blend of grapes from Puglia. The vineyards are based in Salento where the grapes can achieve early and full ripeness with picking occurring as late as October. This gives a high level of sugar and high alcohol, required for the appassimento method. Ripe grapes mature on the vine for about 15 days, during which period 50% of their weight and moisture is lost. After a rigorous hand harvest, the grapes are pressed and the fermentation starts; the skins are left in the must for a long period to extract flavours and the characteristic ruby red colour. The wine is then left in oak for around 3-4 months. The resulting wine is concentrated and moreish.
The Zinfandel IGT Puglia True Zin is, as its name may suggest, 100% Zinfandel. Perhaps better known for producing some questionable styles in the U.S., Zinfandel can actually trace its routes back to Italy, where it is known under a slightly different strain as Primitivo. It is fruity, with notes of plums, cherry marmalade, tobacco and spice with an aftertaste of cocoa, coffee and vanilla. The maturing process takes place in stainless steel, wooden vats and then bottle before being unleashed upon its adoring public. This gives a real banker wine that is superb value for money.
Matches: roasted or grilled meats including game dishes.