Masseria Altemura Sasseo 2017
- Italy, 750ml
The nose reveals full, intense aromas reminiscent of plums and red fruit jam with sweet spicy notes. A wine with considerable body, the palate is enveloping, warm and soft and expresses very ripe fruit, backed by a pleasurable backbone of sweet tannins.
- Winery: Masseria Altemura
- Varietal: Primitivo
- Region: Puglia, Italy
- Vintage: 2017
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Cork
Food pairing: Grilled meats & hamburgers; spaghetti Bolognese; pizza; mushrooms & onions; Parmesan
Sasseo is the embodiment of the wish to create a Primitivo with a strong personality. Its name (alluding to sasso, ‘stone’ in Italian) expresses its direct relationship to the calcareous ‘stones’ that emerges from Salento’s red soil, forming a mirror-like surface that reflects the sun.
"Masseria Altemura lies in the heart of the Salento Peninsula, halfway between the Seas that lie off Puglia’s shores, the Ionian and the Adriatic, and benefits from the breezes of the one – more open towards the Mediterranean – and the salinity of the other.
The result is a zone that is extremely luminous: it almost dazzles one, in every sense, to look at it, seeing that in the sunniest periods the white rock that crops out to the surface between one row of vines and the next acts as a mirror for the sun’s rays. These are the same rays that contribute to the ripening of the grapes, because in this area everything is in harmony.
The estate lies within the production zone of the Primitivo di Manduria D.O.C., one of the terroirs most suitable for making top-quality wines in Italy. Here there are 130 hectares of vineyards, a paradigm of authenticity and of the Salento winemaking tradition: only indigenous grape varieties are used to make wines whose role is to give voice to their region of origin.
Primitivo, the now famous (and indeed iconic) Puglian grape variety, originated towards the end of the 18th century and – in spite of being a cultivar that was for long overlooked – is currently enjoying great success both in Italy and abroad because of its typical characteristics and longevity, not fearing any comparison with the more celebrated reds of Europe or the New World.
Increasingly up-and-coming and attracting ever greater interest are the white Falanghina, produced both in still and sparkling version, and the white grape Fiano, which originated here in Puglia and in Campania, where it has been known since the time of Frederick II of Swabia and Charles I of Anjou and where it was widely planted during the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.
In the 130 hectares of the estate’s vineyards the indigenous Negroamaro and Aglianico varieties are also grown.
The whole of the production process is coordinated with rigour and long-sightedness by the Zonin family and overseen by winemaker Stefano Ferrante, agronomist Giacomo Manzoni and the Agronomical Director of Masseria Altemura, Antonio Cavallo.
With the objective of following the path towards total quality, the Zonin family has begun carrying out experimentation in cooperation with noted academics such as Professors Attilio Scienza, in a bid to perform successful clonal selection and evaluate the optimum conditions for the relationship that exists between the vines and the soil. The analyses and mapping carried out on site prior to the planting of the vineyards showed that the 300 hectares of the property are all of the same calcareous origin, but there are two distinct types of soil, one that is predominantly stony and the other clayey loam.
Extensive experiments are also being carried out on the Moscato, Malvasia Nera and Susumaniello varieties." Masseria Altemura
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