Country: Italy Region: Puglia
Varietal: Sparkling (non-Champagne style)
Vintage: NV Category: Sparkling Rosé Colour: Rosé
Producer: A Mano
Producing wines of quality, Mark Shannon and his partner Elvezia Sbalchiero have succeeded in making Primitivo one of Italy's most talked about grape varieties. By paying high prices for the best grapes (sourced from 70 to 100 year old vines) and focussing solely on quality and a modern style, they have revolutionised the style and quality of Primitivo. Part of the reason for the continued success of A Mano is the knowledge that Mark and Elvezia have after 17 vintages (the first was as a consultant for another company) in the region. Not only are they getting access to Salento's best grapes, but also their growers have come to realise that if they want the higher price paid by A Mano, they need to provide even better grapes than in previous years.
The quality of the grapes shines through in the resulting wines. A Mano Bianco is a blend of Fiano, Falanghina and Greco, and displays aromas of ripe pear and orange blossoms. The Rosato is a blend of Primitivo and Aleatico fermented at low temperatures in order to retain the delicate perfume of the varieties. Following the success of the Spumante Rosato, Mark decided to put his hands to another wine, the Imprint Primitivo Appassito. Made in the style of an Amarone, this wine over-delivers on every front.
A rare and ancient red Puglian variety, Susumaniello was used mostly as a blending component until a few years ago. The name means 'little donkey' in local dialect, from the enormous load the vines bear when young, although others say that it is so called because it is stubborn and difficult to manage. The wine is deep, inky purple and is full-bodied and intensely scented with aromas of blackberry and violets. The Aleatico di Puglia Passito is made from Aleatico grapes that were dried for eight weeks and aged in 700 litre casks.
Product Features: Sustainable; Vegan; Vegetarian
Winemaker: Mark Shannon
The grapes for this blend are grown in vineyards located across the Salento peninsula of Puglia. Mark and Elvezia were looking for vineyards that had good flavour at low sugar and high acidity. The Greco comes from the Castel del Monte area, the Negroamaro from Castellaneta and the Primitivo from Aquaviva.
On arrival at the winery, the grapes were crushed, pressed, settled and tank fermented at very low temperatures. The cold fermentation (6ºC) ensured that all the delicacy and perfume of the grapes was retained. Inspired by French-made sparkling wine in California, the wine underwent malolactic fermentation to improve the mouthfeel. The second fermentation, with the wine in the charmat tank resting on the lees, lasted for 4 months which gives very fine bubbles and complexity.
A salmon pink wine with astonishing complexity; raspberries, fresh cherries, orange blossom and toasted hazelnuts all come through. On the palate there is a minerality and lemony crispness that persists through the long finish.
Closure: Natural Cork ABV: 12.5% Classification: IGT