Elementa

Elementa Primitivo (75cl)

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Description

Full-bodied and full of sweet, ripe fruit flavours

Primitivo is a dark-skinned grape known for producing rich, inky, full bodied wines. This classic Primitivo from the South of Italy is intensely flavoured and deeply coloured. It caused significant consternation on both sides of the Atlantic when DNA analysis proved that Zinfandel and Primitivo are the same variety. A delicious wild berry character delivers a full-flavoured and concentrated palate.

Taste

Smooth chocolate, Sweet dried fruit

Aroma

Chocolatey, Fig and plum

The mountainous Abruzzo region is situated halfway up the `boot` of Italy, neighbouring the Marche to the north, Lazio to the west and the less well known Molise region to the south east. Here the highly regarded co-operative wine company Cantina Orsogna was founded in 1972. The business today comprises 600 partner growers and covers almost 1,000 hectares of vines, of which 80% are organic.

Set in the scenic Majella hills of Abruzzo, just 15 kilometres from the Adriatic, its vineyards benefit from the significant day-night temperature swings and superb ventilation in the vineyards thanks to the fresh breezes that result from both its altitude and its maritime location. The estate was named ‘Italian Winery of the Year’ at Vinitaly 2012. The winemaking team is headed by the super-talented Camillo Zulli. The Elementa wines are certified Biodynamic by Demeter being produced according to Steiner's biodynamic methods. In addition, various preparations are used to feed the soil and plants and taking into account the position of the planets in certain activities in the vineyard. Also, life in and around the vineyard gets extra attention. The winery allows wild herbs to grow among the vines that serve as green champions, whilst also attracting natural enemies of harmful insects. Nature does her work, and the vineyard is indeed part of nature. 

Orsogna also support the activities of the WWF SOSLupo campaign to protect native wolves in Abruzzo and Calabria. The estate believes in sustainable relationships, as well as sustainable farming methods and choose to use traditional rope tie, as well as cork to seal their bottles. For this, they employ young people from the local community friendship farm. In the cellar, wines are either fermented and matured solely in stainless steel tanks in order to ensure the natural fruit expression is fully retained or, for the red wines, partly in stainless steel and partly in large oak 'botte' in order to harmonise the natural tannins.

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  1. fabulous Primitivo

    this is utterly delicious, very good indeed, rounded, rich but smooth and a family favourite

    Andrea McFarlane (verified owner)

  2. Rich and sweet

    A full on wine which seems quite sweet to me. Nice with a rich meal

    Falcone

  3. Very popular!

    Went through quite a few bottles at a dinner party! Very full bodied, quite sweet

    Lauren

  4. Quite a find

    A recent discovery & now a favourite.
    Full bodied, rich & smooth. Delicious.

    Mo

  5. This biodynamic wine is excellent- a very pleasant taste and full bodied. I will some more before its all gone!

    southoverstores (verified owner)